FT: Moldova 0 England 5

Full-time. That's it. An emphatic win for England in Moldova. In control throughout and a well-earned 5-0 victory.

There will be two minutes added time.

Walcott does well to keep his feet after turning away from two but cannot beat the final man.

Terry has seen enough and he's off down the tunnel. England will continue with 10 men.

Good play from Welbeck and Cleverley finds Walcott but his shot is weak and straight at the keeper.

Possession football from England now. Impressive win this and they're looking very confident now.

Goal! Leighton Baines will be claiming a first international goal - his free-kick took a wicked deflection.

That Hart deals with.

Lampard and Terry head the ball clear from consecutive crosses then there are penalty appeals against Lescott but it's just another corner.

Sidorenco wins a corner off Lescott.

Stunning skill from Walcott as he turns away from his man but then runs out of ideas in the box and goes to ground without any joy.

But he is playing in midfield with Carrick moving to centre-back. Clearly got a problem but will stay out there.

Terry is down for England and that will be a concern with all three subs having been made and another game on Tuesday. He's going to battle on.

Goal! James Milner scores his first for England! Good break from Walcott but then the visitors look like they are guilty of overplaying through Cleverley and Welbeck before Milner puts his foot through the ball and makes it 4-0.

Uneventful stuff now as the tempo slows. Moldova having plenty of the ball without threatening too much.

Johnson with another purposeful run down the right and he's appealing for a handball in the box. Not given.

Welbeck is on for Defoe.

Lampard takes and finds Cleverley at the second attempt but the Man Utd man steers the ball just wide of the far post.

Johnson wins a corner.

Walcott and Milner combine but the fizzed cross by the latter is cleared.

Johnson tries to inject some pace into the game and is fouled.

Long period of Moldova passing ends and then England give it away cheaply through Terry who was far too casual with that pass.

Moldova stroking the ball around at the back and England content to allow them to do just that at present.

Defoe sees his shot blocked and when the ball is thumped away Carrick measures his header straight to Dedov who breaks clear. Moldova briefly have two on one but England get back well in numbers and Lescott can clear.

Baines hauled down and wins a free-kick.

Walcott goes on the right and Milner moves to the left.

Oxlade-Chamberlain off to be replaced by Walcott.

Namasco punches Lampard's cross away.

Cleverley feeds Milner and the winger wins a corner.

Sloppy defending from England. Terry blocks Gatcan's shot but they struggle to clear. Then Oxlade-Chamberlain gives it away. They're giving the home crowd some encouragement right now.

More possession from England but not looking particularly urgent about their build-up play - they have Ukraine on Tuesday.

This time Johnson gets the header to Hart right and England build again.

Oxlade-Chamberlain with a neat past to cut out the full-back and find Milner but the winger puts his cross too close to the goalkeeper.

New arrival for Moldova in Dedov and he looks bright but Carrick does well to track his run and tackle.

Johnson tries a back header to Hart but it is misguided and nearly puts Piscusciac through on goal but Lescott and Terry help clean up between them.

Carrick's first involvement is to find Johnson with a nice lofted ball down the right. Moments later Johnson is on a great run down the wing and finds Cleverley but his shot is mishit and skews out of play.

England kick-off in this second half and we are back underway.

Carrick is on for Gerrard.

Bob from Orlando has been back in touch: "4-0 looking pretty good... how about Defoe and a Lampard hat-trick?!"

Daniel: "I've changed my mind 5-0 England."

Half-time. Not much added time here. England with a deserved 3-0 lead after a dominant display. No upset here. Job done.

Hart gets his punch all wrong as Moldova swing in a cross from deep. Then Armas wins the header after a short corner and the ball flashes just wide of the post.

Gatcan gets away from Johnson but Gerrard is there to help out in support.

Defoe ignores Gerrard and tries a long shot instead with his left foot and skies the ball.

Good play from Oxlade-Chamberlain as he produces a tackle then beats the next man to run clear. Then overdoes it and concedes a throw. The youngster has been very bright in this first half.

Good work from Milner finds Defo in a smiliar position to the one he was in for his goal but this time he delays and his shot is blocked - bouncing back off him for a goal-kick.

Epureanu wins the header but puts it well over the bar under pressure.

Lescott with a tackle to stop the home side advancing down the right but then Lampard is adjudged to have handballed and there is a chance for Moldova to put the ball in the box.

England on the edge of the Moldova box again but Lampard's backheel can't find Defoe.

Lescott stumble nearly makes a mess of that but it bounces to safety. This is a confident display from England and they look hungry and focused to keep going here.

Goal! Jermain Defoe with a good run down the right channel and he beats Namasco at the near post.

Moldova try to break down the left but that's great work ethic from Milner to win the ball back.

Shot from Cleverley after Moldova give the ball away carelessly. Namasco looked to have got a touch but goal-kick given.

Goal! Frank Lampard with a header to double the lead. Johnson with the cross and an expert header into the bottom corner from the Chelsea midfielder.

Johnson with a great run down the right before cutting inside and shooting left footed. Namasco cannot hold onto the ball and then has to kick it clear for a throw.

Corner is cleared and Hart saves the shot from outside the area when it comes in.

Terry with another good clearance but he then has to concede a corner when the shot comes in.

Oxlade-Chamberlain finds Gerrard well in space. The England captain ignores Baines and attempts a clever reverse pass to Defoe instead that is cut out.

Lampard tees the ball up to Gerrard and he connects cleanly but it flies just over the bar.

Baines wins a free-kick for handball by Epureanu. This is on the edge of the box...

Defoe wins the ball well and finds Lampard. Milner makes a good run but Lampard's pass is poor and behind him so the chance is wasted.

Moldova get in behind again but Terry clears with a header.

Baines with an inviting cross but he loses the ball when it comes back to him.

Poor passes from Oxlade-Chamberlain and Milner in quick succession and this looks to be Moldova's first positive spell of the game. England losing a bit of momentum and they'll want to pick things up again soon.

First shot from Moldova and it's Patras with a left-footed shot from distance that isn't too far wide.

Better passing from the home side but Terry does well to cut out the final ball.

Late challenge on Baines by Suvorov but he escapes a booking.

More good running from Oxlade-Chamberlain then Cleverley tries a one-two when he might have shot and the chance is gone.

Lull in the game as Moldova try to slow the pace before going long and Lescott wins the header.

Milner crosses and Namasco punches clear then saves well from Oxlade-Chamberlain on the volley.

Oxlade-Chamberlain knocking some lovely balls crossfield for Johnson. Space on the flanks and the marking from Moldova in the middle is poor. There'll be more chances for England this evening that's for sure.

Wonderful play from England with Gerrard the architect. Defoe's shot is saved and then booted away for a corner.

Gerrard wins possession and it's more good play from England. Lampard tries to play Milner in behind the defence but the pass is too strong.

Dominant stuff from England. They'd like to get this wrapped up quickly you sense. Oxlade-Chamberlain does brilliantly down the left to find Defoe just yards out but the striker makes a mess of the finish.

Baines has the chance to cross but tries a cut-back instead but the pass is intercepted.

Gerrard's first cross is low and cleared. The second is strong and out for a goal-kick. He'll be blaming the pitch.

Lescott clears the cross and England soon break to win a corner.

Johnson booked for a foul and then blocking a quick free-kick.

The ball certainly struck Bulgaru's hand but it was hit awfully hard. A little harsh perhaps but that makes England's job a lot easier.

Penalty scored! Frank Lampard tucks the ball away to the keeper's right.

Bulgaru booked.

Penalty! Handball given for blocking Cleverley's shot.

This time the winger is fed by Baines and tries to take on his full-back, winning a throw-in. Positive start by the visitors.

Early possession for England with touches for Cleverley and Oxlade-Chamberlain (who may be known as Ox from now on tonight depending on how eventful this game gets).

Moldova kick off and we're underway.

Just time for Bob from Orlando to say: "I am going to predict an England 4-0 win with Defoe getting his first England hat-trick."

Anthems done. England's World Cup campaign is about to start.

Anyway, thanks for your feedback. The players are on the pitch and we'll be underway shortly.

Joe has emailed in to say he's going for 2-1 Moldova. Well that would be interesting.

Can certainly appreciate that argument. Hodgson perhaps feels all of his midfield here can afford to get forward and try to get that all-important goal? Carrick more useful against stronger opposition maybe.

Another Daniel has been in touch. This one says: "Who is going to sit in that midfield trio? None of them are disciplined enough to do it. Carrick should have been in there for one of Gerrard or Lampard."

Four clean sheets for England in seven games under Hodgson suggests this will just be a matter of getting that goal. Big chance for Oxlade-Chamberlain to take centre-stage tonight too. He'll have some freedom in this formation to try and make things happen.

Daniel says: "I think the score will be 2-1 to England."

Baines retains his place from the friendly against Italy so will deputise for the injured Cole. You'd fancy this would suit the Everton man as he's sure to have lots of attacking to do tonight.

Hodgson on the other hand is technically (shootouts aside) unbeaten in seven games as England boss.

Gabriel says: "Unfortunately I'll miss this game as I'm going to a comedy night tonight but think England should win this one fairly comfortably. This game does have a potential banana-skin feel to it because of the conditions and the number of key players we've got injured but you've got to fancy England to beat a side that haven't qualified for major tournaments. I'll go with goals from Gerrard and Oxlade-Chamberlain to nip this game in the bud for England. Looking forward to seeing the highlights later!"

Hodgson has been trying to talk up Moldova in the build-up to this game by mentioning their narrow defeats to Holland but it's hard to make a case for the home side. The only team they have beaten in their last 12 was San Marino... that's also the only team they've scored against in their last eight.

Jermain Defoe with the lone forward role that he has been occupying for Tottenham early on this season. He wins his 50th cap this evening and will fancy his chances of adding to his 16 England goals.

Jamie Redknapp: "I'm expecting an England win but I don't think it will be that easy. Moldova will sit back and make it difficult for us and Eastern European players tend to be able to keep the ball well, too. But I think we'll have too much for them and win 2-0." That's available at 4/1 with Sky Bet.

If you fancy a bet on this one you can back England at 1/4 with our friends at Sky Bet while Moldova are outsiders at 14/1. The draw - for which the home side will reportedly receive a hefty bonus - is 4/1.

Do you have thoughts or predictions for the game? Of course you do. Send them over by email at adam.bate@bskyb.com or contact me on Twitter @GhostGoal.

Joking aside, it's a 4-5-1 for England and with Cleverley in there you'd fancy the visitors will try and dominate possession. How easy that will be on this pitch remains to be seen but England have shown in recent years that they can get the job done in qualifying as well as anyone.

England: Hart; Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Baines; Milner, Lampard, Gerrard, Cleverley, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Defoe.

So Roy Hodgson's brave new world for English football is... Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard in midfield together. I've got a good feeling about this. Brazil here we come. And, more immediately, full team news to follow.

Welcome to our live commentary of England's opening World Cup qualifier against Moldova in Chisinau.

Kick-off is at 1945 BST...


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