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England hit Andorra for six
England and Netherlands cruise closer to World Cup qualification as Hiddink lifts Russia.
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2009 22:29 GMT

England's Peter Crouch scores the sixth goal past a hapless Andorra defence [GALLO/GETTY]
A confident performance by England ensured they powered past Andorra 6-0 to churn out victory in their World Cup qualification campaign at Wembley Stadium.

Victories by the Netherlands and Serbia also meant another big step towards next year's finals in South Africa.

Russia were also impressive as coach Guus Hiddink returned to his international duties to inspire a 3-0 victory in Finland that will keep Germany on their toes.

Seven from seven

The Dutch, who on Saturday became the first European nation to book their place at next year's tournament, dispatched Norway 2-0 in Rotterdam to make it seven wins from seven in Group Nine.

Andre Ooijer and Arjen Robben were both on target.

Nearly 60,000 England fans defied a strike which badly disrupted London's underground system to watch a 6-0 thrashing of Andorra in Group Six, England's biggest win at Wembley for nearly 10 years.

Like the Netherlands, England have a maximum 21 points, although they still need one more victory to rubber-stamp their qualification for the finals.

Wayne Rooney and Jermain Defoe both struck twice for Fabio Capello's side with Frank Lampard and Peter Crouch also on target.

"The mood is very good in this squad," David Beckham, who started an England match for the 100th time, told British broadcaster ITV.

"It's easy to say that when you're winning but it was like that before we started this campaign."

England now boast a 10-point lead over second-placed Croatia and Ukraine who scraped a 2-1 home victory over Kazakhstan to keep alive their hopes of finishing in the runners-up spot and earn a playoff against another second-placed nation.

Serbia win

Serbia are looking increasingly likely to qualify automatically as group winners after a 2-0 win in the Faroe Islands extended their lead over France at the top of Group Seven to eight points, although France have two games in hand.

Milan Jovanovic and Neven Subotic scored for the Serbians whose next match is at home to France in September.

Hiddink, who less than two weeks ago capped a successful assignment as temporary coach of English Premier League club Chelsea by winning the FA Cup, watched his Russia side thump Finland in Helsinki to put the pressure on Group Four leaders Germany who were not in action.

Alexander Kerzhakov's double moved Russia on to 15 points from six matches, one behind Germany and five ahead of Finland.

Sweden hit back from their weekend defeat at home to Denmark with a 4-0 defeat of Malta in Gothenburg, although their chances of snatching even the runners-up spot in Group One remain remote.

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