The English side is yet to be beaten in the 2014 World Cup Qualification matches as they are set to earn an automatic qualification to the World Cup in Brazil next year. The three lions top group H with 15 points, with Montenegro second, trailing only on goal difference.
However Roy Hodgson’s men have a game in hand and could use Tuesday’s encounter to further enhance their chances of a World Cup 2014 berth by finishing top of the table.
England will however have to do the job without Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck who join Wayne Rooney on the unavailable list. Rooney is still nursing a head injury which kept him out of Manchester United’s Premier League encounter against Liverpool, whereas Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge who has notched three goals for the Reds in as many appearances this season has been ruled out with a thigh injury.
Manchester United youngster Danny Welbeck who has made it a habit of scoring for the national side will also sit out the encounter after being yellow carded for kicking the ball away. His suspension means that England are short of striking options and it is likely that Rickie Lambert will be making only his second start for the national side on Tuesday.
The Southampton man only recently made his debut for the Three Lions, after making a substitute appearance against Scotland on the 14th of August, 2013. Three minutes after coming on the 31 year old scored his first goal for the national side in the 67th minute rounding up what was an excellent debut.
In his second outing for England against Moldova, Lambert continued his dream run with the national side by scoring a goal and setting up two for Danny Welbeck as the Three Lions scored an easy 4-0 win.
Despite being without his star strikers, manager Roy Hodgson has encrusted his trust on the 31 year old by claiming that he is not worried about fielding Lambert in the important match against Ukraine.
“It is a big game, but I don’t have any qualms about playing Rickie in Kiev. If you are saying had Rooney and Sturridge been available would he have been a clear alternative, the answer is yes he would because he has very different qualities.
“Rickie was selected to play against Moldova because he merited it. He did well enough to justify the selection.
Manchester City star James Milner is another player who could feature against Ukraine, with his manager highlighting his abilities which could be very useful to the side.
"We know what James will do," Hodgson said. "He isn't, and doesn't pretend to be, as exciting as some of the wingers we sometimes use these days.
"After a long period of time where I've not seen many wingers in the country, I'm now seeing lots of them. But we are going to need experience in Kiev. Milner is not a winger, but the qualities he brings could be very useful."
Ukraine on the other hand are not short of talent and showcased their attacking threat as they demolished San Marino 9-0 on Friday. Mykhaylo Fomenko's men have scored 15 goals in their last four outings without conceding a single goal and will be a clear threat to England’s top spot.
If the Ukrainians earn all three points against England on Tuesday, they will finish top of the group this week and they have every reason to be optimistic after impressing against Hodgson’s men in September last year at Wembley where they were denied of all three points thanks to a late Frank Lamaprd penalty.
Watch Ukraine vs England live on Tuesday September 10, 2013:
In USA at 14:45 ET on Gol TV USA
Fans in other parts of the world can watch the match live on their local channels. Those in the Middle East can catch the action live on Al Jazeera Sport HD6.
For complete details of match listings and live scores visit the Ukraine vs England match page.
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