England dismissed Moldova 4-0 at Wembley in a one-sided encounter that continued Roy Hodgson’s push towards the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Goals from Steven Gerrard, Ricky Lambert and a pair from Danny Welbeck made light of an under strength England team against a woeful opposition that made their FIFA ranking – joint 126th in the world – look flattering.

Lambert, playing only his second game for the national team, put in a man of the match performance, scoring one and making two for his compatriots, giving the manager an able resource to tap should his preferred attackers - Rooney and Sturridge – suffer further injury or ill form.

Jack Wilshere and Frank Lampard joined Gerrard in the midfield, the trio dominating the game for much of the 90 minutes. Ross Barklay, the Everton midfielder, came on late in the second half to make his England debut - one that he almost capped with a goal when his low drive brushed the post.

The result places England top of the qualification group with seven games played.

Sterner tests await Hodgson’s team, particularly games against Poland and Montenegro later in the year, however Wembley was pleased with England’s display on Friday, albeit a reminder of the disparity between some of the teams in the qualification draw.

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  • England's Kyle Walker, right, vies for the ball with Moldova's Alexandru Dedov during the World Cup group H qualifier soccer match between England and Moldova at Wembley Stadium in London, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • England's Kyle Walker, right, vies for the ball with Moldova's Alexandru Dedov during the World Cup group H qualifier soccer match between England and Moldova at Wembley Stadium in London, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

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    England's Danny Welbeck (centre) celebrates scoring his teams third goal of the game with teammates Rickie Lambert (right) and Frank Lampard

  • England's Danny Welbeck, right, controls the ball past Moldova's Alexandru Epureanu and goalkeeper Stanislav Namasco, left, as he brings up the ball to score during the World Cup group H qualifier soccer match between England and Moldova at Wembley Stadium in London, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

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    England's Danny Welbeck turns after scoring a goal during the World Cup group H qualifier soccer match between England and Moldova at Wembley Stadium in London, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

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    England's Danny Welbeck celebrates with Rickie Lambert after scoring a goal during the World Cup group H qualifier soccer match between England and Moldova at Wembley Stadium in London, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

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    England's Jack Wilshere (right) on the ball ahead of Moldova's Semion Bulgaru

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    England's Frank Lampard (left) directs a header on goal

  • England's Danny Welbeck, centre, keeps the ball from Moldova's Alexandru Epureanu, right, and goalkeeper Stanislav Namasco, left, as he brings up the ball to score during the World Cup qualifier group H soccer match between England and Moldova at Wembley Stadium in London, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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    England's Jack Wilshere, left, kicks the ball as Moldova's Victor Golovatenco watches during the World Cup group H qualifier soccer match between England and Moldova at Wembley Stadium in London, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

  • England's Danny Welbeck, center, keeps the ball from Moldova's Alexandru Epureanu, right, and goalkeeper Stanislav Namasco, left, as he brings up the ball to score during the World Cup qualifier group H soccer match between England and Moldova at Wembley Stadium in London, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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    England's Danny Welbeck scores his teams fourth goal of the game

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    England's Danny Welbeck (right) celebrates scoring his teams fourth goal of the game with teammates

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    England's Steven Gerrard (centre) and Moldova's Victor Golovatenco (left) in action

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    England's Danny Welbeck after scoring his side's third goal of the game

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    England's Danny Welbeck

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    England's Kyle Walker (left) and Moldova's Alexandru Onica battle for the ball

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    England manager Roy Hodgson on the touchline

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    England's Steven Gerrard celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the game against Moldova.

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    England's Danny Welbeck (left) celebrates with Ricky Lambert (right) after scoring the fourth goal of the game against Moldova.

  • Frank Lampard, Alexandru Onica

    England's Frank Lampard, left, collides with Moldova's Alexandru Onica during the World Cup qualifier group H soccer match between England and Moldova at Wembley Stadium in London, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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    England's Ross Barkley in action against Moldova.

  • Roy Hodgson

    England's manager Roy Hodgson shouts to his players during the World Cup qualifier group H soccer match between England and Moldova at Wembley Stadium in London, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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    England's Rickie Lambert appluads fans as he leaves the pitch

  • England's Frank Lampard, right, vies for the ball with Moldova's Alexandru Onica during the World Cup qualifier group H soccer match between England and Moldova at Wembley Stadium in London, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

  • Roy Hodgson

    England's manager Roy Hodgson points to his players during the World Cup qualifier group H soccer match between England and Moldova at Wembley Stadium in London, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

  • England's Steven Gerrard and Moldova's Victor Golovatenco (left) in action during their World Cup qualifier group H soccer match between England and Moldova at Wembley Stadium in London, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP Photo / Nick Potts) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

  • England's Danny Welbeck, right, jumps high as he vies for the ball with Moldova's Vitalie Bordian during the World Cup qualifier group H soccer match between England and Moldova at Wembley Stadium in London, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

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    England's Ross Barkley (right) and Moldova's Alexandru Onica battle for the ball