Steven Gerrard says victory over Moldova was most important thing ahead of Ukraine test
England 4-0 Moldova
FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifier
8pm, Friday 6 September
Steven Gerrard fired home his first England goal for three years and insisted it was only victory over Moldova that really mattered.
The Three Lions skipper last netted for his country against Hungary in August 2010, but his 12th-minute goal spurred Roy Hodgson's men on to a comfortable win at Wembley.
Rickie Lambert header and Danny Welbeck's brace ensured a good night for the home crowd, and the Liverpool man said attentions are now turned on Tuesday's tough trip to Ukraine.
"It was a perfect result really," Gerrard told TheFA.com after the game. "Sometimes against these teams you are in a no-win situation and people expect you to blow them away and score lots of goals.
"There was pressure on in a different way tonight, we knew we were going to win the game but we had to do it with a clean sheet with a lot of goals. That was the only way we were going to get any credit."
He continued: "It's always nice to score goals, I've been really happy with my performances for England but if you can add a goal to those performances from time to time it's a really nice feeling.
"But the important thing is the win, getting more points and one step closer to the World Cup. It sets us up nicely for a big game on Tuesday. But delighted all round tonight."
Man of the match Gerrard also had praise for Southampton striker Lambert who scored England's second on the night - adding to his winner against Scotland last month - and also set up both goals for Welbeck.
"He's come onto the scene with a bang, so a goal and a couple of assists you can't ask for any more," said the 33-year-old.
"The manager took him off because he should play some part on Tuesday and he'll be an important player for us."
Gerrard added: "It's a massive game [against Ukraine], but we have nothing to fear and can go there full of confidence.
"We need to believe in ourselves, roll our sleeves up and put in a performance because if we were to get all three points it puts us in the driving seat."