England ends WC qualifying with 3-0 win over Belarus

BY foxsports • October 15, 2009

Peter Crouch scored twice as England completed its World Cup qualifying campaign with a 3-0 victory over Belarus on Wednesday.

The lanky striker scored in the fourth and 76th minutes at Wembley as Fabio Capello's team, which had already qualified for next year's championship in South Africa, made it nine wins in 10 group matches.

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Shaun Wright-Phillips also scored in the 59th minute for a routine although unimpressive victory in which David Beckham's second-half appearance lifted the team.

The result left England with 27 points, six more than Ukraine which finished second. Belarus finished fourth with 13 points.

Capello said he was angry with the team's first-half performance but happy that the team finished with a victory after losing 1-0 to Ukraine on Saturday.

"Always it's important to win. We lost one game and it's important for me to learn more things about the players," he said. "I am happy for the second half and for the goals that we scored.

"There were some good things, some not so good. It's something the players know, but those ideas are for us. I'm not happy because we had to wait too many times to win back the ball. This is not the first time."

The England coach said he was surprised that Beckham was announced as man of the match having played only the last 32 minutes.

"Yes. I just told him it was like (Barack) Obama getting the Nobel (Peace) Prize after eight months of being president of the United States," Capello said. "Beckham gets (man of the match) after 30 minutes."

Despite the absence of regular starters Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard through injury, England made a fast start and took the lead early in the game.

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