England secured a difficult 0-0 draw against Ukraine at the Olympic stadium in Kiev on Tuesday night to maintain the team’s push towards automatic qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
With only Ricky Lambert available as a recognised centre forward, Roy Hodgson picked a makeshift forward line of Lambert flanked by Theo Walcott and James Milner, bolstered by a sturdy midfield marshalled by Gerrard and Lampard, the latter winning his 100th cap. Jack Wilshere provided what little forward momentum the England midfield were able to build on the night.
A game shorn of genuine clear-cut chances, Ukraine had the better of the match, probing at England’s steadfast defence, with Hart making up for some early unease with a solid displays between the posts. When Hart did show uncertainty, the combination of Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill ensured the the England goal remained untroubled.
Despite the workmanlike performance, the draw means that England remain top of the group with two home games to play, followed closely by Ukraine and Montenegro.