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Rooney double as England rout Andorra

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  • Wayne Rooney sets England on their way with first half double at Wembley
  • Frank Lampard, Jermain Defoe (2) and Peter Crouch also score in Group 6 game
  • Russia beat Finland 3-0 to cut cap on Germany to a point in Group 4
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(CNN) -- Wayne Rooney scored a first half double to lead England to a 6-0 win over minnows Andorra at Wembley on Wednesday night.

Rooney wheels away after scoring his second and England's third.

Rooney wheels away after scoring his second and England's third.

It was England's seventh straight win in World Cup qualification and another resounding performance under coach Fabio Capello.

England might have scored twice in the opening two minutes with Rooney hitting the crossbar before he headed home Glen Johnson's pinpoint cross.

Theo Walcott charged down the right to cut the ball back for Frank Lampard to score the second, with Johnson setting up Rooney for a neatly-volleyed third at the near post.

Rooney was substituted at the interval while short of his almost inevitable hat-trick, but his replacement Jermain Defoe kept up the scoring momentum.

The Tottenham striker headed home another Johnson cross for the fourth and within two minutes had added the fifth after David Beckham's free-kick rebounded off the visiting goalkeeper.

Fellow striker Peter Crouch scrambled home the sixth after a misunderstanding in the Andorran defense.

Beckham made a rare recent start for England as he earned his 112th cap for give a free rein to show off the full scope of his passing ability in a virtuoso performance.

In the other Group 6 match, Ukraine came from a goal down to beat Kazakhstan 2-1 to maintain their hopes of claiming second in the group behind England, who are all but assured of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

The Netherlands, who have already sealed qualification from Group 9, maintained their 100 per cent record with a 2-0 win in Norway.

Goals in each half from Andre Ooijer and Arjen Robben gave the Dutch their seventh straight win in the qualifying phase.

Guus Hiddink's Russia kept the pressure on Germany at the top of Group 4 with a fine 3-0 win in Finland.

A double from Alexander Kerzhakov and a third from Konstantin Zyryanov lifted the Russians to within a point of the Germans while Finland's hopes of qualification are all but over, five points further adrift.

2006 World Cup winners Italy were given a fright in a friendly international against New Zealand in South Africa as both teams warmed up for the Confederations Cup.

Alberto Gilardino and Vincenzo Iaquinta each scored twice as the Italians had to come from behind three times to beat the Kiwis.

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