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LONDON – England qualified for its fifth straight World Cup, beating Poland 2-0 Tuesday night on goals by Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard.
Rooney scored in his seventh goal in his last six qualifiers, meeting Leighton Baines' cross in the 41st minute. Gerrard bundled the ball into the net in the 88th minute.
England (6-0-4), headed to its 14th World Cup overall, won Group H by one point over Ukraine (6-1-3), which routed last-place San Marino 8-0.
Roy Hodgson became the first English manager of the team to secure qualification since Glenn Hoddle in 1997.