Predicted England XI to face Ukraine

Roy Hodgson Walks

England head into a difficult match against Ukraine on Tuesday following a solid 4-0 win against Moldova.

It’s a match where Roy Hodgson is going to have to make changes to the starting line-up as England hunt another three points which would keep them top of Group H in a very dominant position.

Danny Welbeck will not feature down the left of the side as he’s suspended after picking up a booking in the clash against Moldova last night.

There is also a question mark hanging over Frank Lampard, with doubts the Chelsea man can produce a decent performance for the second time within five days as he closes in on 100 caps for his country.

Here is the side Hodgson may go with.

GK – Joe Hart

There’s no reason for Hodgson to switch goalkeepers with Hart’s experience likely to be vital in a difficult environment. He seems confident despite some criticism he’s received so far this season and produced a good all round game against Moldova although truth be told, he didn’t have too much to do.

RB – Kyle Walker

Walker should retain his place in the side because his pace is going to be vital on the counter attack. Defensively he looks better than when he first broke into the Tottenham Hotspur and England teams but he’s going to be vital bombing forward when England need to release pressure quickly.

CB – Gary Cahill

Cahill has been one of Chelsea’s best defenders so far this season and he looks comfortable at international level. His solid defensive game will be backed up by the aerial threat he provides at the other end when England get corners and free kicks in dangerous positions.

CB – Phil Jagielka

Jagielka looks like arguably England’s most intelligent defender at the moment and he seems to feel comfortable sharing the centre of defence with Cahill. He compensates for his lack of pace with fantastic reading of the game which allows him to get into better positions but also cover for others.

LB – Ashley Cole

Taken off at half-time by Hodgson against Moldova with England 3-0 up. His experience will be vital against Ukraine and the fact he’ll be ever so slightly fresher means England will have a good outlet to utilise when he attacks down the left wing.

RM – Theo Walcott

Another very quick player who will be important on the counter attack. Walcott is useful out wide and as a threat running in behind the opposition back four. Fingers crossed Ukraine overlook him slightly, which should give him more space to make the most of.

CM – Michael Carrick

Carrick was an unused substitute against Moldova but he should feature in this match. Carrick is one of the best when it comes to sitting in the midfield, reading the play and picking off opposition attacks. He’ll be fresh and England won’t lose any bit of integrity of Lampard moves to the bench.

CM – Jack Wilshere

Wilshere received some punishment from Moldova, taking several knocks which force Hodgson to take him off after the hour mark. Despite his size, he offers great power and the ability to drive the midfield forwards which will be key in ensuring England don’t drop too deep.

CM – Steven Gerrard

Gerrard has to play and he should be very determined to lead England to an impressive win a difficult fixture. England will need his tactical discipline in midfield as well as his solid and consistent range of passes which will be vital because it may all come down to one killer through ball.

LM – James Milner

Ashley Young or Raheem Sterling may be more aggressive and forward thinking wingers but England need discipline and someone they know will work hard for the entire 90 minutes. Milner will be aided by Cole’s ability to get forward but he also offers extra protection defensively.

ST – Rickie Lambert

Lambert will be confident after a goal and an impressive performance against Moldova. It’s a straight up choice between him and Jermain Defoe for the centre forward role and his greater size and presence should see him get the nod because there will be times when England need to hold the ball up.

What do you think? Who would you like to see starting against Ukraine?

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