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'Crouchy' at the double!

Posted on 14 October 2009  - 12:00

Peter Crouch struck twice as England rounded off a successful World Cup qualifying campaign with a 3-0 victory over Belarus at Wembley.

Peter Crouch struck twice as England rounded off a successful World Cup qualifying campaign with a 3-0 victory over Belarus at Wembley.

The big striker, winning his 36th cap, opened the scoring in the fourth minute, bundling home from close range after strike partner Gabriel Agbonlahor beat the offside trap to lay on the chance.

And 15 minutes from time, 'Crouchy' rounded off proceedings with his 19th goal in an England shirt, following up from close range after Carlton Cole's shot was blocked by the goalkeeper.

Aaron Lennon won his 16th cap in the game before being replaced just before the hour mark.

Peter has now scored 16 goals in 17 starts for his country, and they sandwiched a strike from Shaun Wright-Phillips as Fabio Capello's men topped Group 6 on 27 points, six clear of second placed Ukraine.

It means Vedran Corluka, Niko Kranjcar and Luka Modric will not be appearing at next summer's Finals in South Africa after Croatia were eliminated.

Niko netted the winner in their 2-1 win over Kazakhstan tonight, but it was rendered meaningless after Ukraine's 6-0 victory in Andorra earned them the play-off place.

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Gareth Bale had a hand in both goals as Wales overcame minnows Liechtenstein with a 2-1 away victory to round off their unsuccessful campaign on a high in Group 4.

The attacking full-back's cross set up David Edwards for the opener after 16 minutes and, after the hosts had equalised, Gareth was tripped just outside the box and Aaron Ramsey stepped up to curl home a free-kick that proved to be the winner 10 minutes from time.

Meanwhile, it was a frustrating night for Robbie Keane as the Republic of Ireland were held to a 0-0 draw by Montenegro in Dublin, although a play-off place was already confirmed.

Roman Pavlyuchenko's Russia will also feature in the play-offs next month, but the striker was not involved in his country's 1-1 draw in Azerbaijan tonight.