Croatia Crushed As England Qualifies For The World Cup

antony sansomCorrespondent ISeptember 9, 2009

LONDON - SEPTEMBER 09:   Glen Johnson of England in action during the FIFA 2010 World Cup Group 6 Qualifying match between England and Croatia at Wembley Stadium on September 9, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

England headed into this evening World Cup Qualifier against Croatia know that a draw would see England reach there fourth consecutive World Cup Finals. England sat proudly at the top of the group table but were also out for revenge after Croatia ended England’s chances of making Euro 2008.

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England Started the game in impressive fashion dominating possession while Aaron Lennon and Lennon and Glenn Johnson were terrorizing the Croatian left hand channel. England had a very early shout for a penalty in the first couple after a Croat defender seemed to handle in the box.

England didn’t have to wait long for the lead Just 6 minutes, as Lennon burst clear of his marker before cutting inside into the box to be taken down for a penalty. Lampard strode up and tucked the penalty away.

England carried on pressing the Croatian defence with some intricate passing and making the Croatians chase the ball. The Croatians seemed to be a shadow of the side that beat England on there last visit to Wembley. On 18 minutes Gerrard pushed the ball out to Lennon who surged past his man to deliver a high swing cross to the back post which Gerrard headed past the keeper to make it 2-0 to England.

England now started to dominate the game Croatia were occasionally trying to cause the England back line a few problems but England seemed to be on top of the. Just before half time. Heskey had two great opportunities to Score to extend the lead but both were hit straight at the keeper.

After half time the game started off at a sluggish pace and England seemed to be a shadow of the side that had started the first half and began to give the initiative to Croatia and it was the Croatians time to make England chase the ball.

But on the Hour England Scored the third after a precise Johnson cross was headed into the net by Lampard to Gibe England a 3-0 lead and 7 minutes later a deep Rooney cross from the by-line found Gerrard to head in England’s fourth on the night.

Wembley was begging to rock as England had now surely booked there place at South Africa 2010.

Croatia again started to find gaps and Arsenal Strike Eduardo popped up to score after Green make a fantastic Save but the ball is left pinging around the box like a pinball to slot home to make it England 4 Croatia 1.

But three minutes later the Croatian Goalkeeper miss hit’s a clearance straight to Rooney who slots the ball to make it England 5 Croatia 1.

England have gone on to record 8 consecutive wins in qualifying for the World Cup which now stands at a national record also England have scored 31 goals and conceded just 5 making the side the top scorers in the Euro Qualifying Zone.

England have two qualifying games left against Belarus and the Ukraine before a friendly against Brazil in the UAE.