England run riot: Moldova 0 England 5

On target: Jermain Defoe scores England's third goal against Moldova last night.  '                      Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA.

On target: Jermain Defoe scores England's third goal against Moldova last night. ' Picture: Owen Humphreys/PA.

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ENGLAND launched their World Cup qualifying campaign with a five-star performance in Moldova, to record their biggest away win since 1993.

Frank Lampard scored twice to provided the perfect answer to questions about his age, with Jermain Defoe, James Milner and a deflected Leighton Baines free-kick sealed England’s 5-0 win.

It has to be pointed out England will face much stiffer tests than this, while the exits of John Terry and Steven Gerrard proved they did not escape unscathed.

Although the support they received from a 10,000-capacity stadium was impressive, Moldova were every bit their lowly status as 141st-ranked team, according to FIFA.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve,” said Lampard.

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