Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Ukraine v England Preview


Roy Hodgson takes his England side to Ukraine tonight knowing avoiding defeat would put at least one foot for England in Rio next summer. With Danny Welbeck out suspended he now has to shake up the forward line. England already have a mass amount of injuries in that position, but tonight I can imagine he will bring in James Milner to the starting line up. Not the most inspiring selection but he seems to be Hodgson's go to guy when things get tricky. It tells a lot when you have the Spurs duo Townsend & Defoe who would be far more exciting and more of a goal scoring threat sitting on the bench. Don't be surprised if Tom Cleverley makes an appearance too as he is one of Roy's favourites. Lambert will start down the middle with Walcott on the right I say.

 Frank Lampard will get his 100th cap, Gerrard will start so will Wilshere, so that means no place in the starting line up for Carrick. He has been the most consistent English player for the past 18 months for his club, but he can't seem to find his way into the national team first 11. He has withdrawn himself from selection before and if this continues don't be surprised if he gets fed up again. The defence looks set even Kyle Walkers antics won't see him lose his place, more for the fact there's nobody to replace him. England are good enough to take all 3 points from Ukraine and with 2 home games against Montenegro & Poland to come England should qualify for the World Cup without any issues, surely they can't it mess up?

Prediction Ukraine 1-2 England

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