ROY Hodgson was left raging despite England going to of Group H as a yellow card for two-goal hero Danny Welbeck ruled him out of Tuesday’s crucial qualifier with Ukraine in Kiev.
Steven Gerrard’s first goal in more than three years set England on their way to an anticipated triumph against Moldova at Wembley as Rickie Lambert became the first player to score in his first two internationals in 37 years.
Welbeck also grabbed a couple either side of half-time to extend a remarkable scoring record for his country.
But it was the yellow card shown to the Manchester United man by Slovakian referee Ivan Kruzliak that had the England boss Hodgson waving his arms on the touchline in fury.
Cautioned for kicking the ball after the whistle had gone for offside, Welbeck is now suspended for Tuesday’s assignment, which will go a long way to determining whether England qualify directly for next year’s World Cup.
With Wayne Rooney injured and Daniel Sturridge almost certain to miss out too, it was a cruel blow.
And it was made all the worse because Kruzliak had let Victor Golovatenco get away with two crunching tackles from behind on Theo Walcott earlier in the contest.
Hodgson made his feelings known in no uncertain manner, expressing his anger to the fourth official.
Comfort came in the result, with Montenegro’s draw in Poland meaning England now top their group with three games left - although Ukraine are just a point behind and have a substantially improved goal difference after hammering nine past San Marino.