England will be aiming to make it two wins from as many games this weekend when they host Ukraine, as Paddy Power announce a new free bets offer and indicate all the support has been for Roy Hodgson’s side at 4/11.
Its the Three Lions in the next step of qualification to the 2014 World Cup and a nothing less than a win will do.
On Friday evening, Roy Hodgson’s men stormed to a 5-0 victory in Moldova, a memorable nighteven though the opposition was weak. There was a fresh look about England and they can be positive about the next couple of years.
Tom Cleverley and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both started, while Leighton Baines slotted in superbly in the absence of Ashley Cole.
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In the centre of everything England did well though was 34-year-old Frank Lampard. Having been written off in terms of his international career, the Chelsea man proved plenty of critics wrong with two goals and a commanding performance.
He now has big hopes for the next year or so and even hinted that he 2014 World Cup could be his swansong in an England shirt. Before then though, he will want to play his part in Hodgson’s men qualifying for the tournament, with Ukraine the next team to take on.
They are a team that England defeated during Euro 2012 of course and in front of a passionate Wembley crowd, they will be favourites to secure three points once again.
This is Ukraine’s first qualification match though so they will be fresh and ready to begin their Group H campaign.
In terms of the team England will go with for this one, John Terry will miss out through injury, while Ashley Cole is still unavailable. It is thought that Garry Cahill will replace club team-mate Terry in the only change for the home side.
This is a significant match for Hodgson of course with it being his first competitive home game since succeeding Fabio Capello as England boss.
He is expected to mark it with a victory too, but Ukraine are no pushovers. There is always the added pressure of requiring a positive performance as well as the three points, so this is a big night for this new era of English football.