After being thrust into the job shortly before Euro 2012, in many respects the match in Chisinau saw the true beginning of Roy Hodgson's reign on the England bench. Despite a difficult pitch, Hodgson couldn't have wished for much better opposition for which to kick-start England's qualification campaign with three points.
That's how things panned out too, as England took control right from the off.
England were perhaps a tad fortunate with the manner of the opening goal, however. James Milner crossed low from the right and Tom Cleverley aimed a shot at goal that was blocked intentionally at close range by the arm of Moldovan defender Semion Bulgaru. It was a little harsh, but the referee pointed to the spot and Lampard duly converted with a low effort to the goalkeeper's right.
Just shy of the half-hour mark, Lampard made it 2-0. Glen Johnson angled a ball into the box and the 34-year-old, on a characteristic run from deep, easily got in between two defenders to place his header past Stanislav Namasco from six yards. The effort brought up Lampard's half-century of goals for his country.
Three minutes later the result was put beyond doubt. Jermain Defoe marked his 50th cap for England with a typically clinical finish as he struck low first time after a neat pass by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
England took their foot firmly off the pedal in a second half that was finally livened up by a goal in the 74th minute. Milner produced a fine low drive from the edge of the area from substitute Theo Walcott's low pass from the right.
The scoring was wrapped-up seven minutes from time as Leighton Baines' free-kick took a dramatic deflection to fly past Namasco into the far side of the net..
England should face a far sterner examination at home to Ukraine on Tuesday as they seek to finish top of a group also containing Poland, Montenegro and San Marino.