England will look to make it two wins from their opening two games of the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign and end the international break at the top of their group, when they host Ukraine at Wembley.


Roy Hodgson's side recorded a 5-0 victory away in Moldova last week. A Frank Lampard brace and goals from Jermain Defoe, James Milner and Leighton Baines were more than enough for the Three Lions to see off competition from their 141st-ranked opposition. Young midfielders Tom Cleverly and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain were particularly impressive in that game and came up with brilliant performances to justify their selection.

However, England's resolve will be tested against Ukraine, who gave Hodgson's side a tough time when they faced each other at the group stages of Euro 2012. A shocking officiating blunder saw Marko Devic's second-half equaliser ruled in that clash, after Wayne Rooney gave England the lead before the break.

Lampard - Cleverley

Team News:

England: John Terry will miss the match with an ankle problem and be replaced by either Chelsea team-mate Gary Cahill or Everton's Phil Jagielka. Glen Johnson, Joleon Lescott and Leighton Baines will make up the rest of the backline, as Ashley Cole also remains unavailable with an ankle injury. Theo Walcott has pulled out of the squad with a virus, while Daniel Sturridge is unwell too.

Youngsters Raheem Sterling of Liverpool and Jake Livermore of Tottenham Hotspur have been called up to the side, along with Adam Lallana of Southampton. Lampard, Milner and captain Steven Gerrard will continue the line-up in the midfield, while Cleverley and Oxlade-Chamberlain will also be given another chance. Michael Carrick also presents an option for Hodgson but Gareth Barry and Jack Wilshere remain unavailable. Defoe will be given the responsibility to spearhead the attack once more in the absence of Rooney, who is sidelined after suffering a gash last month.

Ukraine: Blokhin does not have any major injury concerns and will field a strong and youthful line-up against England. Ukraine will be without Andriy Shevchenko and Andriy Voronin, after both strikers announced their retirement after the European championships. However, the eastern Europeans are no pushovers. Devic and Roman Zozulya has taken over the goalscoring responsibilities from Shevchenko, while the attacking midfield trio of Andriy Yarmolenko, Denys Garmash and Yevhen Konoplyanka have been impressive of late and will look to boss English defence.

Milner - Defoe- Chamberlain

Probable Line-up:

England (4-4-1-1): Hart; Johnson, Cahill, Lescott, Baines; Milner, Gerrard, Lampard, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Cleverley; Defoe

Ukraine (4-4-2): Pyatov; Husyev, Mikhalik, Khacheridi, Selin; Yarmolenko, Tymoshchuk, Garmash, Konoplyanka; Devic, Zozulya

Where to Watch Live:

The match will be telecast live on ITV1 and ITV HD from 8 pm BST