England Under-21s shrugged off the absence of manager Stuart Pearce to take another huge step towards qualification for Euro 2013 with a 4-0 victory over Belgium in front of nearly 23,000 in Middlesbrough.
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With Pearce taking charge of the seniors at Wembley, Brian Eastick guided the team to a victory that means Belgium can no longer catch them at the top of Group Eight, while Norway would need to win their remaining four games and have England drop points in their last two.
Henri Lansbury opened the scoring with a stunning cross-cum-shot from the wing, before Stephen Caulker headed in a second in the 35th minute.
When Lansbury added a third seven minutes into the second half, the three points were effectively wrapped up long before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain won and converted a stoppage-time penalty.
Scotland's unbeaten run in qualifying continued with a goalless draw against Group 10 leaders Netherlands at St Mirren Park.
It was a match of few clear-cut chances, with Johnny Russell denied midway through the second half after being played in by substitute Scott Allan.
Billy Stark's side more than held their own against the group pacesetters, remaining a point behind having taken four points out of six from the Dutch during the campaign.
With the ten group winners and four leading runners-up advancing to a play-off - with seven teams to join hosts Israel at the 2013 finals - Scotland remain in with a chance of advancing with matches against Bulgaria, Luxembourg and Austria to follow.
Wales climbed to second place in Group Three as two goals from Billy Bodin set them on the way to a 4-0 victory over Andorra at the Racecourse.
With the senior side preparing to honour late manager Gary Speed, Brian Flynn's team put in a fine display that leaves them in a play-off place ahead of their final group fixtures against Armenia and leaders Czech Republic.
Swindon forward Bodin, son of former Wales international Paul, was a threatening presence throughout and he fired Wales into a 22nd-minute lead against the group's basement side. The 19-year-old then doubled the lead with a thunderous 33rd-minute volley to put the home side firmly in control.
David Stephens' header was turned into his own net by Xavier Vieira to effectively end the game as a contest just before half-time, and Ryan Doble rounded the scoring off with a calm finish from a tight angle on the hour mark.
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