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Ukraine vs England – Team News, Match Preview & Likely Line-Ups

Published July 21, 2014 by gossipzoo

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England manager Roy Hodgson will be hoping Rickie Lambert rescues him from his striking crisis against Ukraine in tonight’s Group H World Cup qualifier.

Team News

The Three Lions will be without Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck for tonight’s clash in Kiev.

Hodgson will make only one change however to the side that won 4-0 at home to Moldova last Friday, meaning midfielder Frank Lampard will earn his 100th cap.

Manchester City’s James Milner is expected to replace the suspended Welbeck.

Ukraine are set to start with striker Marko Devic, while Yevhen Konoplyanka is set to keep his place on the left flank and Andriy Yarmolenko on the right in a 4-4-2 formation.

The home side are coming into this game in superb form having previously thumped San Marino 9-0.

(source: BBC)

Key Stats

Ukraine’s 9-0 win over San Marino last Friday was the biggest win in their history.

England top Group H on goal difference and with a game-in-hand on second placed Montenegro, but can be overtaken by Ukraine tonight with a defeat.

The last time these sides met was the first stage of this World Cup qualifier double header, with the game ending 1-1 at Wembley Stadium.

Of the last six encounters, dating back to 2000, the Three Lions have been victorious four times, with one defeat and a draw.

Likely Line-Ups

Ukraine
Pyatov, Khacheridi, Shevchuk, Fedetskiy, Rakitskiy, Tymoshchuk, Yarmolenko, Konoplyanka, Edmar, Seleznyov, Devic

England

Hart, Walker, Cahill, Jagielka, Cole, Lampard, Gerrard, Wilshere, Milner, Walcott, Lambert

Now click “Next” for our Match Preview.

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Ukraine vs England – 5 Key Battles

Published July 21, 2014 by gossipzoo

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Tonight, the nation will hold its collective breath as England take on Ukraine in Kiev.

The crunch Group H World Cup qualifier will likely have a deciding say on which side tops the table and makes it through to next summer’s tournament in Brazil.

Both sides go into this encounter in varying moods.

England, despite rolling over Moldova in a 4-0 win at Wembley Stadium last week, had their feelings tempered by the suspension to Danny Welbeck and injury to Daniel Sturridge.

Ukraine meanwhile are flying having battered shoddy San Marino in a thumping 9-0 win, a national record for the Yellow-Blues.

They also have the home advantage and the knowledge that they held tonight’s opponents to a shock 1-1 draw in their own stadium almost a year ago to the day.

Then, Frank Lampard rescued the Lions with an 87th minute penalty, and, with the Chelsea veteran set to make his 100th cap tonight, will he be similarly influential over proceedings?

As with any game, this one will be decided in certain key areas and here, we take a look at the 5 Key Battles that could decide the outcome of this fixture.

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Chelsea Transfer News: Lampard To Get New Deal, But Is It Right?

Published February 27, 2013 by gossipzoo

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According to the Daily Mail, Roman Abramovich has made a sensational U-turn on Frank Lampard’s future and is set to open talks over a new contract for the England midfielder, who scored the winner in last night’s friendly win over Brazil at Wembley.

The Mail say talks about him staying are at a preliminary stage, with sources at Stamford Bridge insisting that the talks were ‘positive’ and the club will formalise things with a firm offer, though the precise terms have yet to be discussed. This comes after a fans’ protest at the player’s situation, which Chelsea owner Abramovich is aware of.

So far this season Lampard has scored an impressive 10 times in 17 Premier League games since coming back from injury, and is now second in the list of all-time leading scorers at the club – just five goals from equalling Bobby Tambling’s record of 202 in a Chelsea shirt.

In a tumultuous season for Chelsea, Lampard has been consistent, and without his goals the side might well be a lot worse off in the league than they currently are. The Mail say Abramovich is becoming increasingly sensitive about his popularity with fans, and is determined to bring success back to the club after the European victory last year.

He has already gone back on his initial decision concerning Ashley Cole, and given the England centurion left-back a new one year extension, but the media talk has all been about Lampard moving on recently and the midfielder believed his career at Stamford Bridge would be over in the summer. According to the Mail, the situation is complicated somewhat by the presence of a number of offers from other clubs around the world, including PSG, and LA Galaxy, who have offered Lampard a two-and-a-half year deal.

But is the right decision here? Should Chelsea be offering a player to sold a contract extension even if it is for a single year and he has been fairly instrumental so far this season?

On the negative side, Chelsea need to rebuild, even after all of the money spent in the summer, and the presence of old heads like Ashley Cole, John Terry and Lampard might actually stifle that opportunity for another year, as potential signings see them as another impediment to getting first team action immediately at the Bridge. If Chelsea want to land someone of the calibre of Marouane Fellaini for instance, who has ambition to win silverware, he will have to be given assurances that he is set for first team action throughout the season.

The long and short of it is, Chelsea need to replace Lampard sooner rather than later, and it might be better to do so when he is still at the top, rather than when he is taking up a squad position next year on what will surely still be a high wage. For the player’s own mind, he will have to consider whether he will get the necessary time on the pitch as he heads into the final years of his career – and whether going out to pasture at LA Galaxy (as some might put it) would be a better option.

But then Lampard is Mr Chelsea, even more so than John Terry, and his influence there has to be considered similarly to Paul Scholes’ effect at Manchester United. And experience is a valuable thing in the Premier League, and equally, so it strong mental strength – just look at Fernando Torres as an example.

Lampard would still do a job for Chelsea on a one year extension, that much is certain, but beyond that you’re getting into Jamie Carragher territory where the player appears to have been pushed to the back of the queue by the team he would bleed for. Perhaps Lampard should do what Carragher appears to have seen as unthinkable and leave before he is forced to retire for lack of playing time and old age.

What do you think? Share your thoughts below.

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Kate Recycles Her Wardrobe for a Wedding

Published June 24, 2012 by gossipzoo

What exactly is aged ended up being new for Kate a few days ago: this Duchess regarding Cambridge attended being married in a very Lincolnshire, England, just as soon as again reprocessed the girl wardrobe. Changing right up the girl method a little, Kate taken elements from several clothes, blending together these people directly into one. Under her Katherine Stripper greige costume coat (beneath, suitable) * initially donned in regards to a year ago at the recognized Obtain of the Garter service ( space ) the actual Duchess put on a new Jenny Packham watercolor floral dress (beneath, center), which often she would actually utilized for you to Prince William’s polo fit in Are generally a year ago.

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