Green flies the flag

Robert Green secured his second consecutive clean sheet on a very quiet night as he helped England move to within touching distance of qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals with a 6-0 win against Andorra.

Green was making his first start at home for England and he is unlikely to ever have an easier outing wearing the Three Lions. Indeed, such was England's dominance that Green did not touch the ball until the 26th minute and then following that every further touch he had in the first half, all five of them, were roundly cheered by those fans that had managed to dodge tube strikes to make it to Wembley.

After Wayne Rooney had given England the lead after just four minutes, they never really looked back. Frank Lampard made it two just before the half-hour mark before Rooney got his second six minutes before the break.

The second half carried on in much the same vein, although Green did have to show good alertness to rush out of his box and the clear the danger with his knee in the 64th minute. A brace from Jermain Defoe and a Peter Crouch goal ten minutes from the end completed the scoring.

Carlton Cole was sent to warm up in both halves but in the end England manager Fabio Capello chose not to bring him on, while Matthew Upson was rested after helping England to a 4-0 win in Kazakhstan on Saturday. Man of the match was Academy product Glen Johnson, after making four of the six goals.