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England sweep Scots away

England’s striker Wayne Rooney celebrates after England won the World Cup 2018 qualification match agaiinst Scotland at Wembley stadium in London on November 11, 2016 © AFP / Ian Kington

LONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 12England shrugged aside the potential ramifications of sanctions over poppy emblems Friday with a 3-0 Wembley win over Scotland to bring a 2018 World Cup berth a step closer.

A trio of headers from Liverpool pair Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana and Chelsea’s Gary Cahill saw interim coach Gareth Southgate’s side cruise home, the win consolidating England’s leadership of Group F as they made it 10 points from four games.

For Southgate, who replaced newspaper sting victim Sam Allardyce following an opening away success in Slovakia, the three points were a welcome boost after a nervous draw in their previous outing in Slovenia, aiding his chances of taking the post full time.

Scotland’s James McArthur (L) vies with England’s striker Wayne Rooney during a World Cup 2018 qualification match in London on November 11, 2016. © AFP / Ian Kington

Slovenia stayed in touch just two points behind the leaders after edging Malta 1-0 away while Slovakia are two points further back after whipping Lithuania 4-0.

The Scots meanwhile now trail England by six points, their hopes of snatching a place in the finals in Russia seemingly at an end as coach Gordon Strachan hangs on to his job by his fingernails.