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High scoring England World Cup qualifiers

Over the previous decade England have been largely successful in their qualification campaigns towards preceding World Cup tournaments.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers saw England top Group 6, winning nine out of their 10 matches.

Along the way, there were some emphatic victories over other countries, such as Kazakhstan (5-1) and Andorra (6-0).

As England kick-off their 2014 World Cup qualifiers, can we expect the kind of big wins the national team have managed in the past?

San Marino cause brief embarrassment  

England failed to qualify for USA 1994 by three points. This was despite smashing 13 goals past hapless San Marino in two matches.

At Wembley, David Platt scored four goals, with Carlton Palmer and Les Ferdinand also getting on the scoresheet in a 6-0 victory. 

The reverse game in Bologna started miserably. A terrible Stuart Pearce back pass allowed San Marino to score one of the fastest goals in international football history, with Davide Gualtieri scoring after just nine seconds.

Ian Wright bagged four and Paul Ince two as the Three Lions recovered to thump the minnows 7-1 but elimination followed and Graham Taylor lost his job. 

Four years later, an emotional Wembley Stadium saw 74,000 spectators pack in to see Glenn Hoddle's England cruise to a 4-0 triumph over Moldova.

Paul Scholes, Paul Gascoigne and two more from Wright helped England on the road to France 98, at a time when the country needed a lift following the death of Princess Diana in a Paris car crash just 11 days before this fixture. 

Germany 1-5 England: A Munich mauling 

Some people say the 5-1 triumph (scoreline pictured) over Germany in Munich on 1 September, 2001 was England’s finest ever win.

The preparation for the 2002 World Cup couldn’t have gone any smoother as they topped the group.

It was a win which will stick in the minds of every England supporter.

Carsten Jancker’s sixth minute opener gave the home nation the lead, as the Olympiastadion erupted.

Michael Owen soon levelled the scoring for England six minutes later, before Steven Gerrard gave England the lead during first-half stoppage time.

When Owen doubled his tally three minutes after half-time, England began to look comfortable.

The scoreline got better when the England forward completed his hat-trick with 25 minutes remaining.

Emile Heskey got himself on the scoresheet too, rounding off one of the greatest English performances ever.

Kazakhstan cave in 

Some of the younger generation will remember England’s 5-1 win against Kazakhstan at Wembley in October 2008.

Almost 90,000 people were packed into the stadium to witness Capello’s men succeed.

The game was a frustrating stalemate at half-time, with neither team able to make the breakthrough but the goals did eventually come.

It all began with Rio Ferdinand scoring 10 minutes into the restart, shortly followed by an own goal from Aleksandr Kuchma.

After Kazakhstan pulled a goal back soon after, Wayne Rooney popped up with a brace to extend England's lead to 4-1 with four minutes remaining.

Jermain Defoe then finished the tiring opponents off with a strike in the final minute of the match.

A drubbing for Andorra 

Later in the campaign, Wembley saw the Three Lions brush Andorra aside, with a 6-0 drubbing.

Rooney opened the scoring just four minutes into the game. Frank Lampard doubled England’s lead before Rooney added to his tally just before half-time.

Capello’s side were in control and always looked like scoring more.

Defoe helped himself to two more goals, before Peter Crouch finished off the hammering.

England went on to win the group, suffering their only defeat to Ukraine, who they face on Tuesday.

England face Montenegro, Ukraine, Poland, Moldova and San Marino as they hope to repeat some of the emphatic victories they have produced over the past few years.

Roy Hodgson will be in charge as the team begin their journey to Brazil.

By Josh Harris

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