England Routs Croatia and Qualifies for World Cup

September 10, 2009

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“England demolished Croatia, 5-1, at Wembley Stadium in London on Wednesday and stormed into next year’s World Cup finals in South Africa after making it eight wins out of eight games in Europe Group 6.” (NYT)

Fabio Capello says England’s World Cup qualification is ‘only first step’
“After qualifying for the finals with a perfect record and two matches to spare England have been installed as third favourites, behind Brazil and Spain, to win the first World Cup to be held in Africa. Capello has overseen a dramatic turnaround in England’s fortunes since he took over in the wake of Steve McClaren’s ill-fated spell as national team manager.” (Telegraph)

Spain qualify for 2010 World Cup
“European champions Spain booked their place at the 2010 World Cup following a 3-0 win over Group Five rivals Estonia. Goals from Cesc Fabregas, Santi Cazorla and Juan Mata handed the Spaniards their eighth win from eight qualifiers played, with two fixtures remaining.” (BBC)

Argentina drop deeper into the mire as Paraguay seal their World Cup spot
“Argentina’s hopes of reaching the World Cup next year took a further knock tonight after losing to Paraguay, whose victory sealed their own passage to South Africa. For Argentina’s coach, Diego Maradona, it was another disappointing night as his side dropped into the play-off positions, with his own position beginning to look increasingly untenable.” (Guardian)

Should Burley stay or go?
“Defeat by the Netherlands at Hampden on Wednesday night was the final blow to Scotland’s World Cup 2010 campaign. George Burley’s team finished third in Group Nine behind the Netherlands and Norway and so failed to stay in the running for a play-off place.” (BBC)

Scotland’s soul-searching begins
“If they gave out medals for breast-beating and soul-searching, Scotland would be kings of the world across the sporting spectrum. Even before the dust had settled on the national team’s wholly predictable 1-0 defeat against the Dutch at Hampden Park, the knives were out, not just for George Burley, but for a variety of SFA officials, including the hapless George Peat, who seems to believe that Scotland’s failure to qualify for next summer’s World Cup starts and ends with Chris Iwelumo. If only it was that simple.” (ESPN)

Cameroon roar into contention
“Cameroon’s dreams of reaching Africa’s first World Cup finals are back on track after beating Gabon 2-1 in a delayed fixture in Yaounde on Wednesday night.” (ESPN)

World Cup Qualifying – UEFA (ESPN)