England beat Kazakhstan after an early scare in World Cup 2010 qualifiers
England’s 100% record in the World Cup Qualifying stages remained intact this weekend after a 4-0 win away in Almaty. England retain their top slot in Group Six, but only after an uncertain start meant the visitors were almost embarrassed by the Eastern European side.
The first twenty seconds saw captain John Terry having to fling himself in front of a Sergey Ostapenko effort, with England keeper Robert Green then having to pick the ball out of the net after Ostapenko headed in. Capello’s embarrassment was averted though when the goal was ruled out for offside.
Goals from Gareth Barry, Emile Heskey, Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard eventually settled affairs in Almaty, although the defensive frailties may cause some speculation over England’s World Cup chances. Bookmakers Bet365 join CoralBet, Totesport and Boylesport make the Three Lions an 8/1 shout for World Cup glory in South Africa.
Looking at other sides for the 2010 World Cup, Brazil are still the pick amongst the odds makers, available at 5/1 with a number of firms while the European champions Spain are currently priced at 11/2, along with Argentina.