Gerrard and Lampard steer England to SA

ENGLAND cruised into next year's World Cup finals when two goals each from Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard and one from Wayne Rooney gave them a superb 5-1 win over Croatia at Wembley Stadium last night.

ENGLAND cruised into next year's World Cup finals when two goals each from Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard and one from Wayne Rooney gave them a superb 5-1 win over Croatia at Wembley Stadium last night.

Lampard scored with an early penalty and a 59th minute header while Gerrard scored with headers after 18 and 66 minutes.

Rooney added a fifth 13 minutes from time to give England their eighth successive victory in the group and a place in the finals with two matches to spare.

Eduardo da Silva scored a second-half consolation for the visitors.

England have qualified with 24 points from their eight games, with Croatia second on 17 points with one match to play and still with hopes of landing a place in the two-legged play-offs.

They are ahead of Ukraine on 15 points, who have two matches to play after drawing 0-0 with Belarus yesterday. - Reuters

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