This is the first time these teams have faced each other, and while on paper it would seem the scoreline would be expected, England do not always get the result expected of them. This time it was different. England did live up to their expectation (although this was far from a fine performance from the home side), and the team are on a roll, having now won their first three World Cup qualifiers in the current campaign.
There is a saying "it's a game of two halves", and that's exactly what it was today. The first half was dull with the only real excitement coming from Lampard who saw a couple of nice attempts miss the target. Fast forward to the start of the second half and the introduction of Shaun Wright-Phillips for Gareth Barry, and a change in formation from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2 for England, and there was the spark from the England team which breathed life into the game. However, it was the visitors who almost got on the scoresheet first through Nusserbayev, but his shot went over early in the second half. Rio Ferdinand, captain for the England in the absence of John Terry, scored England's opener in the 52nd minute. Lampard took a corner-kick which was met by Ferdinand's head at the far post.
Before England could add to their lone goal, Kazakhstan tried to pull level through Nusserbayev - a 25-yard attempt - and Kukeyevl, both efforts were stopped by David James. England were awarded a free-kick in the 65th minute, which was taken by Lampard, and met by Kuchma's head which sent the ball past his own 'keeper and put England two goals up. While Kazakhstan's own goal was unfortunate, the visitors goal arose from a mistake by Ashley Cole, who played the ball across his defence and Kukeyev pounced to fire the ball past James. Cole was the subject of England fans boos after his error.
Wes Brown sent in a cross in the 77th minute, which was met by his fellow club teammate, Rooney, who headed the ball into Mokin's net. Beckham made his 106th appearance for England in the 79th minute of the game, pulling level with Sir Bobby Charlton for third place in England's leading appearance table. He had a hand in England's fourth goal after taking a free-kick which was headed into Kazakhstan's net by Wayne Rooney. Then in the last minute of regular time Heskey played a nice touch to Defoe, who then made a good run and hit the ball with a low strike, taking England's tally for the night to five.
While the scoreline can give the impression of an easy win for the home side, this was not a great performance by England. However, with a 100% record in their 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign, let's hope the good run continues on Wednesday when England travel to Belarus.
James #1, Brown #2, A Cole #3, Ferdinand #5 - Captain, Upson #6, Gerrard #4, Barry #11 (Wright-Phillips 46 mins - #16), Lampard #8, Walcott #7 (Beckham 79 mins - #15), Heskey #9, Rooney #10 (Defoe 86 mins - #17).
Subs Not Used: Carson #12, Johnson #13, Bridge #14, Crouch #18. (Full Squad)
Mokin #1, Kirov #3 (Sabalakov 85 mins - #13), Kuchma #4, Kislitsyn #5, Nusserbayev #7, Skorykh #8, Baltiyev #10, Ibrayev #16, Kukeyev #21, Logvinenko #14, Ostapenko #9 (Maltsev 76 mins - #17).
Subs Not Used: Morev #18, Nurdauletov #2, Vorotnikov #15, Azovskiy #20, Beissenov #23.
England Goals: Ferdinand (52 mins), Kuchma og (65 mins), Rooney (77 & 86 mins), Defoe (90 mins)
Kazakhstan Goals: Kukeyev (68 mins).
Referee: Paul Allaerts (Belgium)