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Monday 9th
posted by Morning Star in Sport

England gear up for Group H clash


Frank Lampard expects Ukraine to be out for revenge when England face them in Kiev tomorrow night.

The Three Lions face the biggest test of their World Cup qualifying campaign when they take on their Group H rivals.

Victory will put England three points clear at the summit, but defeat would likely leave Roy Hodgson’s men destined for the lottery of a play-off.

Ukraine know victory will put them on top of the group, but they will also still be reeling from the 1-0 defeat to Hodgson’s men during Euro 2012, according to Lampard.

“That win won’t help us, I don’t think, but maybe it means a bit for them to get revenge,” the Chelsea man said.

“I have already got the buzz of the game. They can be very tough. It might not be the most enjoyable of games, but it’s a big game on Tuesday night and we will give our best to get a result.”

All the talk at yesterday’s media conference surrounded Lampard’s 100th cap, which he is expected to receive tonight.

With Ukraine hoping to snatch top spot, it will be a night for experienced heads like those of Lampard and centurions Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole.

“The three of us need to bring that experience to the table and show that we can get the right result,” he said.

“The experienced heads and the young boys are playing fantastically well for their clubs have to stand up and show they can do it on the international stage. That’s what we need on Tuesday.

“We’ll go there conscious they’re a strong team but confident in our own abilities. We’ve got the team to get a result, without a doubt.”




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