Frank Lampard could win his 100th cap against Ukraine. Picture: AFP/Getty Images
England can go a long way to securing qualification for the 2014 World Cup by beating Ukraine in Kiev on Wednesday morning (AEST). The Three Lions top Group H of the European qualifiers with 15 points, the same as Montenegro, who have played an extra game. Ukraine is just a point further back and has played seven matches like England, but can leapfrog Roy Hodgson’s side with a win.
Rickie Lambert is expected to lead the line again for England, having bagged his second goal in as many international appearances when heading in the second of four goals against Moldova at Wembley last Friday. With Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge both injury and Danny Welbeck suspended, Roy Hodgson is short of options up front for a match that is likely to define his side’s qualifying campaign. Chelsea midfielder will win his 100th cap for England if selected for the match, after playing match number 99 against Moldova.
Although Ukraine doesn’t boast the star names that England does, they have been in good form of late, with four victories from their past four qualifiers. They thumped San Marino 9-0 in their most recent outing and earnt a draw against the Three Lions when the sides met at Wembley last September. England were lucky to escape with a point after a late Lampard penalty was enough to see scores level 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes.
Ukraine has won just one of six meetings between these nations, although its sole victory came the last time they met in Eastern Europe, with the hosts scoring a 1-0 victory in the 2010 World Cup qualifier in Dnipropetrovsk between the pair.
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