Croatia 1-4 England

Sep 11, 2008

Theo Walcott hit a stunning hat-trick as England thrashed Croatia in a World Cup qualifying tie in Zagreb.

The 19-year-old got the nod to start ahead of David Beckham and he drilled England ahead, before Robert Kovac was sent off for an elbow on Joe Cole.

Walcott grabbed a carbon-copy second and soon after the exceptional Wayne Rooney slotted in a brilliant third.

Mario Mandzukic notched a consolation for Croatia, before Walcott collected Rooney’s pass and rolled in his third.

It was a magnificent performance and more than coach Fabio Capello can have dreamed of.

The result puts England firmly in control of Group Six after two wins in five days, but Capello will be even more delighted by the manner of his team’s triumph.

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