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Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard shared their post match musings with Setanta Sports, saying they have got off to a great start in their World Cup qualifying group.

England took an 11th minute lead courtesy of a great strike from Steven Gerrard, but then lagged behind 17 minutes later.

Fabio Capello's half-time team talk though provided just the right things as the Three Lions roared to a good 3-1 win in Minsk.

The overall performance was excellent, and Wayne Rooney scored another two to add to his total.

Rooney told Setanta: "It was good... we knew it would be hard, it was like the way Arsenal play."

"A lot of credit to my team-mates. Stevie and Emile fed me well."

Regarding the effect of a Capello's dressing room words during the break, he said: "We just had to get tighter to them and enjoy more possession on the ball."

"Four wins out of four is a great boost and we are pleased with the way it has gone," Rooney concluded.

Steven Gerrard echoed Rooney's thoughts saying: "In the second half we played really, really well... Belarus are a good team so it was important we respect them and improve in the second half which we did."

Concerning the criticism directed his way, and the manner in which he responded, Gerrard said: "We fight for the shirt every game. People speak about me and Frank but as long as I am here and winning I am happy [wherever I play]. I thought I played well tonight... I'd give everything I've got for this country."

Gerrard paid tribute to his fellow scouser Wayne Rooney: "When Wayne is in the form he is in he is up there as the best in the world."

"It's nice being top of the league going into the new year," the Liverpool captain concluded.

Rio Ferdinand, stand in skipper for John Terry, made it two wins out of two while wearing the England armband during these qualifiers, he said: "It's good but there's still much to improve... We are in a good position but we haven't qualified for anything yet."

"We needed to be a tight unit. The one time they got the ball behind us they scored so that was disappointing."

Alan Dawson

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