England kept up their 100 per cent record in qualification for next year's World Cup in South Africa with a 4-0 win over Kazakhstan in Almaty this evening.
Despite the final result, England put in a scrappy performance and were lucky not to go behind as early as the first minute when Tanat Nusserbayer ghosted in behind Glen Johnson and looked set to beat Robert Green until John Terry intervened with a goal-line clearance.
Fabio Capello's side lacked composure and seemed to be struggling with the heat until Gareth Barry opened the scoring with a header on 40-minutes. Sergey Ostapenko had a header disallowed for offside, but Emile Heskey profited from a deflected Steven Gerrard cross to end the game as a contest.
Wayne Rooney added a third goal 18-minutes from the end before Frank Lampard added a fourth from the penalty spot after Heskey was felled in the box by Renat Abdulin. The win puts England on 18 points and if they beat minnows Andorra next Wednesday they will all but have qualified for South Africa 2010.