Lampard warns against England complacency in Ukraine game

The Chelsea midfielder believes their Group H rivals will want to make as much of an impression as the hosts and feels they are dangerous opponents
Frank Lampard believes England must be on their guard against Ukraine tonight and admits that the Three Lions cannot afford to become complacent in their second qualification match for the 2014 World Cup.

England face the same opponents they defeated 1-0 during the European Championship to seal a quarter-final against Italy, but they were made to work hard for that slender victory.

Lampard missed this summer's tournament with a thigh injury, but is set to start alongside captain Steven Gerrard tonight and believes the Eastern-European side will cause the hosts problems at Wembley this evening.

The Chelsea man said in the official matchday programme: "They showed some bright sparks in the game against us at the Euros.

"They had some great players such as [Andriy] Shevchenko in the past, so they'll be looking now to bring through younger players and fill that gap. Like everyone, they'll be coming to Wembley determined to play well."

Lampard admits that he was not surprised by the quality they showed at the Euros as they beat Sweden and ran both France and Roy Hodgson's men close and expects them to prove just as difficult to beat tonight.

"I wasn’t surprised by them at the Euros as you know at any European Championship how high the level of the teams is going to be, particularly the home nations.

"People expect you to roll over certain teams, they make you favourites, but they are technically good players and you have to play against them in the right manner so nothing surprises me."