Roy Hodgson hoping England win “cup final” against Ukraine
England sit top of Group H with three World Cup qualifying matches remaining and victory in Kiev on Tuesday night would see the Three Lions take a massive step towards Brazil next summer.
September 9th, 2013
It has been a tough group for Roy Hodgson’s team who have won four and drawn three of their matches to date, having left it late to equalise against the Ukraine at Wembley before Frank Lampard converted a penalty.
A draw wouldn’t be a bad result for England in this match although Hodgson regards the contest as a “cup final”, with defeat leaving the prospect of automatic qualification out of England’s hands and Macedonia are also in the mix when it comes to top spot in the group.
“These are two good teams who are in form and are capable of winning the group so it’s a bit of a cup final and when you play in a cup final you don’t necessarily win games by being cautious,” the former Liverpool boss said.
“Sometimes you win it by going on to the front foot and trying to make certain you score more goals than the opposition so we are aware of those things.
“We don’t have any qualms about what we have to do and the task in front of us.
“What we need to do is get a result and the players are confident that they can put on a good performance.”
Danny Welbeck is suspended for the match and Daniel Sturridge misses the game through injury, which means we could see Jermain Defoe and Rickie Lambert partnered in attack.