England defender Phil Jagielka was pleased to keep a clean sheet against Moldova
England 4-0 Moldova
FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifier
8pm, Friday 6 September
Phil Jagielka was pleased with a clean sheet at Wembley as England comfortably beat Moldova 4-0 in their World Cup qualifier.
The Three Lions' only shut-outs in the last year have been in games against San Marino and the Modovans, but the Everton defender admits he was happy with their night's work.
Now with another vital fixture away to Ukraine on Tuesday night, he says the team can now start to focus on that task.
"We knew it was going to be a tough game as we were expected to win by a decent margin," he told TheFA.com after the game. "It was nice to get the early goal and on the whole I think we played quite well.
"I don't think Joe [Hart] had too much to do, but it's as important for defenders to keep clean sheets as it is for the strikers to get the goals.
"The boys did well up top today and a clean sheet is good all round."
Jagielka continued: "A lot of people maybe weren't thinking too much about this game, though the players and staff were. The fans were probably looking forward more to the game in Kiev.
"It was important to get the win, it was a decent enough win, we rested a couple of players to make sure they didn't get injured or suspended so hopefully that will put us in good stead for Tuesday. A performance out there could put us closer to qualifying."
The 31-year-old, who was earning his 20th England cap, reserved praise for goal scoring captain and man of the match, Steven Gerrard, as well as his midfield partner Frank Lampard.
The Chelsea man chalked up his 99th appearance for the Three Lions and could now make the magic ton in Kiev.
"If you look at [Steven's] range of passing today, obviously his goal was great, but some of the balls he plays through is a fantastic asset to have, along with Frank in there who played an important game for 90 minutes," he said.
"Frank's been a fantastic professional and he put in a good performance tonight. It would be nice for him to get a goal and celebrate in style [on Tuesday]."