|G||Slovakia||Bosnia and Herzegovina|
|C||Austria||Republic of Ireland|
When FIFA World Cup qualifying Group H began a year ago, England's trip to Ukraine always had the look of a decider about it, and sure enough, Tuesday's encounter is pivotal to both teams.
On Friday, England swept aside Moldova 4-0 to climb above Montenegro at the summit on goal difference, with Ukraine just a point adrift after sending a team record nine goals past San Marino. Given Montenegro have played a game more than both section rivals, victory for either side in Kyiv would leave them in control of their World Cup destiny ahead of October's concluding fixtures.
Ukraine will have fervent home support behind them as they attempt to avenge their UEFA EURO 2012 exit at England's hands in Donetsk having already been denied victory at Wembley by a late Frank Lampard penalty. And coach Mikhail Fomenko has a virtually full-strength squad to pick from with midfielder Taras Stepanenko and forward Roman Zozulya back from suspension, defender Olexandr Kucher recovered from injury and Ruslan Rotan set for a fitness test.
With Zozulya and Marko Dević also firing in attack, Ukraine's options are in stark contrast to England, who have Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge injured and Danny Welbeck banned after collecting a booking in an otherwise excellent performance against Moldova. A draw would favour England more than Ukraine, who have promised to push for victory.
"Our strengths are speed, power and permanent pressure on our opponents," said assistant coach Aleksandr Zavarov, while Fomenko added: "There is no doubt that the match against England will be the tough one as they are an elite European team. But, to put it mildly, we are not inferior and therefore we will play to win."
England's hopes up front now lie with 31-year-old Southampton FC striker Rickie Lambert, who has registered in two consecutive games since making his debut last month. Chelsea FC midfielder Lampard saved England in their home fixture with Ukraine and is set to become the eighth England player to reach 100 caps, yet said: "The main thing is to get the result. I just hope to be involved. It wouldn't be enjoyable to get to 100 and not do it right."
Roy Hodgson, returning to the NSK Olimpiyskyi Stadium where his England team beat Sweden 3-2 in the UEFA EURO 2012 group stage before losing to Italy on penalties in the quarter-finals, admitted: "I can't say that is a positive thing to be without Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck and to know Daniel Sturridge [is not] with us either. But I believe the group of players we have will step up to the plate. They won't let us down."
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