Ukraine 0 England 0: Steven Gerrard confident of World Cup spot
Ukraine 0 England 0: Steven Gerrard backs the Three Lions to get the necessary results in their final two World Cup qualifiers
Steven Gerrard backed England to secure their passage to the World Cup in their final two qualifiers after a goalless draw with Group H rivals Ukraine in Kiev.
England had an early chance to take the lead when Theo Walcott managed to escape the attentions of Vyacheslav Shevchuk and forced opposition goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov to make a brave save at Arsenal’s forward’s feet.
The hosts threatened throughout as danger men Yevgeni Konoplienka and Andriy Yarmolenko were a constant threat to the England defence, with the former sending a free-kick narrowly wide in the second half.
On the stroke of full-time, Frank Lampard, making his 100th England appearance, sent a free header narrowly wide as he spurned a late chance to secure three points.
“I don’t think it was top class but defensively we were solid. Before the game the manager said we need to keep it in our hands and it gives us the final two games to win to get through,” Gerrard told ITV1.
“We have a better chance to beat our competitors at Wembley. We always knew Ukraine would push us all the way. We always knew we were going to have to do it the hard way.
“We done the job, I don’t think it was top class, but the job was done.”
England remain a point clear of their closest rivals Ukraine after the draw, and Roy Hodgson’s men face Montenegro followed by Poland at Wembley in their final two World Cup qualifiers.
And Three Lions captain Gerrard is confident his side can cope with the pressure of playing in front of an expectant home crowd and secure their place in next summer’s competition in Brazil.
“I don’t think they [Ukraine] will be happy with a draw. We don’t focus on Ukraine now we focus on Poland and Montenegro. It’s a different type of pressure but we are capable of getting the job done.”