England qualify for World Cup, beating Croatia

LONDON: Frank Lampard warned his England team-mates not to start popping the champagne corks just yet after Fabio Capello''s team booked their place at the World Cup.

Lampard scored twice to help England to the 5-1 rout of Croatia at Wembley on Wednesday which guaranteed a trip to South Africa for next year''s finals.

But the Chelsea midfielder insists there is no way England''s stars should get carried away dreaming of World Cup glory.

After qualifying with two games to spare thanks to an impressive eight-match winning run, there will be plenty of pundits willing to proclaim England as serious contenders to win the World Cup for the first time since 1966.

Yet Lampard revealed there were no wild celebrations in the England dressing room because everyone is aware how much work still needs to be done to get ready for South Africa.