Wednesday 13 December 2017

World Cup countdown - nine days to go

England won nine of their 10 matches in qualifying to progress to South Africa in some style, with Wayne Rooney scoring nine goals in the process.

Fabio Capello picked up the pieces following Steve McClaren's ill-fated spell in charge that had seen England miss out on a place at Euro 2008. The Italian suffered no such problems, though, and England head into the World Cup with confidence high following a successful qualification campaign which saw them top Group Six. Their only defeat - a 1-0 loss against Ukraine - came in the penultimate group game. In total, England scored 34 goals in their 10 qualifiers and conceded just six.

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