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September 10, 2013 9:45 PM EAT
NSK Olimpijs'kyj — Kyiv (Kiev)
Referee:‬ Pedro Proença‎
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Ukraine-England Preview: Three Lions seek big three points

The Group H leaders can take a huge step towards World Cup qualification if they emerge victorious on Tuesday

Russell Greaves


Victory for England over Ukraine will leave them huge favourites to qualify from Group H for World Cup 2014.

Roy Hodgson's side, who are level with Montenegro on 15 points but ahead on goal difference, ran out 4-0 winners against Moldova on Friday and they remain the only unbeaten side in the group.

But Ukraine, who hammered San Marino 9-0, are only a point behind and they will sense an opportunity to overhaul their visitors in Kiev.

England have problems up front, too, with Wayne Rooney (head), Daniel Sturridge (thigh) and Danny Welbeck (suspended) all consigned to a watching brief.

That leaves Southampton's Rickie Lambert as their main threat and his international career has got off to a flying start, with two goals in as many games.

England will need to break a pattern that has emerged during their qualifying campaign if they are to earn some breathing space at the top of the group. On each of the previous three occasions that they have won, they have followed it up with a draw.

Ukraine are enjoying an excellent run of form, with 15 goals and four clean sheets from their last four matches.

Mykhaylo Fomenko's men were impressive against England at Wembley last September, when it took Frank Lampard's late penalty to deny them all three points following Yevhen Konoplyanka's first-half opener.

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World Cup 2014 (Europe) ‎(WCQE)‎ Sep 10, 2013 Ukraine 0 - England 0
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World Cup 2014 (Europe) ‎(WCQE)‎ Sep 11, 2012 England 1 - Ukraine 1
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Euro 2012 ‎(EC)‎ Jun 19, 2012 England 1 - Ukraine 0
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World Cup 2014 (Europe) ‎(WCQE)‎ Oct 10, 2009 Ukraine 1 - England 0
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World Cup 2014 (Europe) ‎(WCQE)‎ Apr 1, 2009 England 2 - Ukraine 1
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Last Five Matches
Mar 5, 2014Ukraine 2 - USA 0FR
Nov 19, 2013France 3 - Ukraine 0WCQE
Nov 15, 2013Ukraine 2 - France 0WCQE
Oct 15, 2013San Marino 0 - Ukraine 8WCQE
Oct 11, 2013Ukraine 1 - Poland 0WCQE
Mar 5, 2014England 1 - Denmark 0FR
Nov 19, 2013England 0 - Germany 1FR
Nov 15, 2013England 0 - Chile 2FR
Oct 15, 2013England 2 - Poland 0WCQE
Oct 11, 2013England 4 - Montenegro 1WCQE
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1Joe HartGoalkeeper
3Ashley ColeDefender
5Gary CahillDefender
2Kyle WalkerDefender
18Phil JagielkaDefender
8Frank LampardMidfielder
16James MilnerMidfielder
32Jack WilshereMidfielder
4Steven GerrardMidfielder
-Rickie LambertStriker
-Theo Walcott
-John RuddyGoalkeeper
-Fraser ForsterGoalkeeper
-Chris SmallingDefender
12Leighton BainesDefender
-Steven CaulkerDefender
-Andros TownsendMidfielder
-Ashley Young
7Michael CarrickMidfielder
-Ross BarkleyMidfielder
31Raheem SterlingMidfielder
7Tom CleverleyMidfielder
21Jermain DefoeStriker
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