Steven Gerrard has said that England should go into their next World Cup qualifying match against Ukraine with self belief.
England is currently at the top of the Group H points table. They have got 15 points in 7 matches. Montenegro also has got the same no. of points, but, they are no. 2 on the basis of goal difference.
Ukraine which is at the 3rd position is also not too far behind. They have managed to secure 14 points in 7 games.
So, the game between Ukraine and England is extremely vital. The outcome of this game can change the positions of the top 3 teams in the points table and Gerrard admitted that.
Talking to the reporters ahead of the game, the England captain said, “This is a huge match; no doubt about that. But, we will have to back our abilities and go onto ground with the belief that we can win. If we manage to secure 3 points, we will be in a commanding position.”
England will enter the match against Ukraine without its two main strikers i.e. Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney. Welbeck is out because of suspension, while, Rooney is not 100% fit.
In the absence of these two players, the 31 years old Rickie Lambert is going to be the leader of the visitors’ attack. The Southampton striker has already found the net a couple of times in the 2 matches that he has played for England so far.
When asked about Lambert, Gerrard said, “He has been terrific in his first couple of appearances for England. He is in great nick and I think he is going to play a big part in tomorrow’s game.”
After this game against Ukraine, England will play two more World Cup qualifiers. Both of them will be the home games.