Kevin Pietersen has backed England to go all the way in the Champions Trophy, ahead of their eagerly anticipated semi-final clash with South Africa on Wednesday.

England and the Proteas meet at The Oval with a place in the final against India or Sri Lanka up for grabs, although both sides enter into the last four encounter having suffered significant injury blows.

The hosts will be without premier spinner Graeme Swann, who was forced to miss the wins over Australia and New Zealand, while South Africa have been forced to omit opening bowler Dale Steyn, who has been suffering with a groin complaint.

Pietersen, though, is confident England can recover from the absence of Swann to record a victory over AB de Villiers' side, before claiming victory in a tournament of the 50-over format for the first time.

The 32-year-old posted on his official Facebook page: "Humdinger at The Oval today.. Hate missing these kinds of games! Think it's England's time for glory! Go well, men!"

Pietersen is unavailable for selection as he continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury, with the batsman set to make his competitive return for Surrey in the County Championship this Friday.

The former England captain has been out of action since March after suffering bruising to his knee, forcing Pietersen to miss the Test and one-day series against New Zealand, as well as the Champions Trophy.

It had been feared Pietersen may have to sit out the Ashes series, but he is on course to be fit for the first Test, which takes place at Trent Bridge next month.

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