England cruised to a 5-0 win over Moldova to take top spot in Group 8 as they aim to qualify for Brazil 2014. England’s display despite the scoreline, wasn’t brilliant but it was good enough to beat a side ranked 141st in the FIFA rankings. Moldova did surprise me, as bad as they are they did possess some threat via the wings, so they were far from the worst team I’ve seen. I don’t recall Andorra, who we played in the 2008 & 2010 qualifying rounds, getting past the halfway line. And beileve me, San Marino are a whole other level of poor international team. It was good to see Lampard back performing in a England shirt, a couple of goals and some decent midfield play meant it was decent night for the Chelsea midfielder. Tom Cleverly also impressed me, involved in mostly every attack England conjured up, he was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet, but he’d left his shooting boots elsewhere. One player that did have a poor game for his standards was Steven Gerrard, he gave the ball cheaply throughout the half and his end product was very poor hence the reason he was probably brought off at half time.

I don’t think we can really evaluate our world cup chances in games against Moldova, the minnows are going to give us much more time on the ball than any nation inside the top thirty in the world would give you. There was some sloppy play at times around the outside the box and we did give the ball away in some key areas of the field, due to the fact the end product of Moldova was so poor, England were not troubled. But a side like Spain would have punished these mistakes in a flash. However there is time to build before the world cup and I can sense Roy is trying to create a new style for England to play, a move away from the traditional, hoof the ball forward, classic ‘long ball’ english style, to a free flowing style of playing through the middle, seen across Europe in the modern era.

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