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Dnipro Stadium (ATT 31,000) 10th October 2009 - Kick off 17:15 Ref: D Skomina

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Ukraine v England preview

Capello's men keen to continue 100 per cent record

By James Riach.   Last Updated: 10/10/09 5:22pm

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Capello: Wants momentum

Capello: Wants momentum

England take on Ukraine in Dnipro safe in the knowledge that they have already booked their place in next year's World Cup finals.

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The Three Lions will definitely top Group Six no matter what happens in their remaining two qualifying matches, although coach Fabio Capello will want to continue their 100 per cent record in the group.

After a thumping 5-1 win against Croatia last time out, England will be full of confidence but will have to be wary of a Ukraine side who can still pip Slaven Bilic's team to second spot.

If Ukraine manage to beat England they will be favourites to clinch a play-off place in Group Six, as they currently lie two points behind Croatia with a game in hand, and face minnows Andorra in their final fixture.

With a place in South Africa already assured, the Italian coach may decide to tinker with his starting line-up, although he is unlikely to make major changes.

Returning

Goalkeeper David James is hopeful of a return after a lengthy international absence with a shoulder injury.

The last time James wore the England jersey was in the reverse fixture against Ukraine in April, which the Three Lions won 2-1 at Wembley, but the Pompey stopper has now returned to full fitness.

However, Robert Green has deputised well, conceding just once in three competitive matches, and Capello may opt to keep the West Ham man between the sticks.

Another player who has been given a place in the squad is Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick, while Bolton's Gary Cahill may be awarded his first cap from the bench.

Carrick, 28, has found chances hard to come by in international football as he plays second fiddle to Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry in midfield, although he may be given the chance to prove he is worthy of a World Cup place.

Rio Ferdinand should replace Matthew Upson at centre-half, after missing the Croatia tie through injury

Home defence

Striker Wayne Rooney is the leading scorer in the European qualifying round, with nine goals to his name so far, but he could find it difficult to add to his tally against a defence that has only conceded six goals in eight games.

However, Ukraine will be without injured defenders Dmytro Chygrynskiy and Andriy Rusol, while Vitaliy Mandzyuk is suspended.

Taras Mykhalik and Oleksandr Aliev return to the international fold, and former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko is set to lead the line up front for the home side.

Possible England starting XI: Green, Johnson, A Cole, Terry, Ferdinand, Gerrard, Barry, Lampard, Lennon, Rooney, Heskey.

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Matches

  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Sat 10th Oct - Group D
    Sat 10th Oct - Group F
    Sat 10th Oct - Group B
    Sat 10th Oct - Group E
    Sat 10th Oct - Group H
    Sat 10th Oct - Group A
    Sat 10th Oct - Group G
    Sat 10th Oct - Group C

Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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