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Last Updated: Thursday October 15 2009 07:09 GMT

Crouch leads England to victory

Crouch scores

England finished off an impressive World Cup qualifying campaign with a 3-0 win over Belarus at Wembley.

Peter Crouch scored the first goal four minutes in, followed by a second from Shaun Wright-Phillips. Crouch made it three to seal England's victory.

David Beckham was named man of the match. The result means England have won nine matches from their 10 games.

It was bad news for Northern Ireland, who won't be in the World Cup after a 0-0 draw against the Czech Republic.

Niall McGinn in action
Niall McGinn in action

Niall McGinn had the best chance of scoring in the first half but scuffed his shot, allowing Petr Cech to tip the ball over the crossbar.

Wales were already out of the competition but ended their campaign on a high with a 2-0 victory over Liechtenstein.

The Republic of Ireland stayed unbeaten in Group Eight.


Portugal managed to steal a place in the play-offs - they beat Malta 4-0, even without star player Ronaldo.

And in South American qualifying, Argentina were 1-0 winners in Uruguay, which was enough to earn them a place in South Africa in 2010.