Fabio Capello's side silenced the passionate home support with two goals inside the first 14 minutes - and those early blows were always too much for Wales as they slumped to their fourth successive defeat in qualifying to remain without a point.
New manager Gary Speed had the scale of the task facing him illustrated by the gulf in quality between the sides, especially after he was stripped of Tottenham's Gareth Bale through injury in the build-up.
Frank Lampard put England ahead with a penalty after only seven minutes following James Collins' rash foul on Aston Villa team-mate Ashley Young and Wales were soon in even more trouble as Darren Bent swiftly added a second.
Glen Johnson released Young on the right flank and his inviting delivery offered Bent an open invitation to score his third goal in successive games for England, further evidence that he is adapting to international football.
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