England captain Steven Gerrard says he will be fit to face Ukraine
Last Updated: September 8, 2012 9:33am
Steven Gerrard: England captain will be fit to face Ukraine after being replaced at half-time against Moldova
England captain Steven Gerrard says he is 'fit and fine' for Tuesday's game against Ukraine after being taken off at half-time in the 5-0 win over Moldova.
Gerrard was replaced at the interval in Moldova, with England leading 3-0 following Frank Lampard's brace and Jermain Defoe's goal.
The Liverpool midfielder confirmed after the opening 2014 World Cup qualifier that he was substituted by coach Roy Hodgson simply to have a rest.
"I hope so," Gerrard told Sky Sports when asked if he went off at half-time just to rest.
"There are no problems at all, I'm fit and fine."
Gerrard praised England's performance against Moldova which sets the team up perfectly for a more difficult test against Ukraine at Wembley on Tuesday night.
He added: "I think when you come up against nations like this, ideally you want to finish the game by half-time.
"Sometimes they make it difficult and put a lot of men behind the ball but I thought we pressed them really high, won the ball high up and we were lethal in front of goal."