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Hodgson set for first competitive game at Wembley

Last Updated: 11/09/12 10:20am

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England will be looking to build on an emphatic victory over Moldova when they take on Ukraine in their first match at Wembley since Euro 2012.

The two teams met during the summer tournament in a closely-contested encounter which the Three Lions edged thanks to a Wayne Rooney goal.

Ukraine were knocked out as a result of the 1-0 defeat, although they were left to rue a contentious decision not to award a goal after John Terry cleared Marko Devic's shot when the ball had crossed the line.

The battle is now on for World Cup qualification and Roy Hodgson's men made a perfect start with a 5-0 win in Moldova on Friday.

Ukraine were not in action and Poland drew 2-2 with Montenegro, so there is an opportunity for England to take a firm early grip at the top of Group H by claiming another three points in Tuesday's eagerly-awaited tussle.

Hodgson was pleased with the performance of his men against Moldova and has revealed he will keep faith with the same players, apart from making one enforced change to the starting line-up.

John Terry was ruled out over the weekend with an ankle problem and will be replaced by either Chelsea colleague Gary Cahill or Phil Jagielka of Everton in the heart of the defence.

Glen Johnson, Joleon Lescott and Leighton Baines will make up the rest of the back four, with Ashley Cole still unavailable due to an ankle injury of his own.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tom Cleverley will have further opportunities to shine after catching the eye in Chisinau, while Frank Lampard, James Milner and skipper Steven Gerrard bring experience to the midfield.

Jermain Defoe will again lead the line and Hodgson will be pleased to have a striker at his disposal in good form, having admitted there is a shrinking pool of English talent in the Premier League.

Hodgson opted to call up Raheem Sterling, Adam Lallana and Jake Livermore on Monday after Theo Walcott was forced to pull out with a virus, with Daniel Sturridge also feeling unwell but expected to be fit in time for kick-off.

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Ukraine have only played one match since losing to England in Donetsk, a 0-0 friendly draw with Czech Republic, and are still coming to terms with the retirement of star man Andriy Shevchenko.

Veteran goalkeeper Olexandr Shovkovskiy has also quit, leaving head coach Oleg Blokhin to choose between 19-year-old Maksym Koval and the more experienced Andriy Pyatov.

Striker Devic is also a doubt but Ukraine still represent a considerable threat, with captain Anatoliy Tymoshchuk and exciting wide men Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka among their key players.

Blokhin, who banned his players from watching England's game against Moldova, is looking forward to the match.

What Blokhin hopes is that England will be adversely affected by an increased expectation ahead of Hodgson's first competitive game at Wembley.

"The pressure is on them, whether they want it or not," he said.

"If they win, they will have six points and have made a very good start in the competition.

"It is the opposite to Donetsk. We are trying to start the tournament well but we understand if we lose, nothing will have changed."

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  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Tue 11th Sep - Group E
    Tue 11th Sep - Group F
    Tue 11th Sep - Group I
    Tue 11th Sep - Group D
    Tue 11th Sep - Group B
    Tue 11th Sep - Group G
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    • Slovakia
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    Tue 11th Sep - Group A
    Tue 11th Sep - Group H
    Tue 11th Sep - 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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