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Ukraine are better than England, says skipper

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Ukraine captain Anatoliy Tymoshchuk says that England may have big names, but are unable to play as a team, according to the Mirror.

Tymoshchuk believes that England players may have won man trophies for their respective clubs but have been a no-show at the international team because of their inability to gel as a team.

Tymoshchuk said: "We do not have you the big names that England have, but we have very good players.

"The truth is that the big English names - like Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Steven Gerrard - have had lots of success and won many - trophies for their clubs, but for whatever reason they cannot do it with their country.

"England might have names that all football fans know around Europe, but Ukraine are better.

"We are more balanced and when you see us play we look more of a team than England - more like we are in tune with each other.

"That is why there is real belief within the squad that we can qualify for Brazil."

The 34-year-old former Zenit St Petersburg midfielder's views were echoed by his teammate Andriy Yarmolenko, who said that England were lucky to have escaped with a draw in the previous leg of this qualifier at Wembley and that Ukraine deserved to win that encounter.

He said: "We were disappointed not to win – they were lucky to get a draw.

"We were the better team on the night and this time we must get the win to move above them."

The Dynamo Kiev player also believes that the Rooney injury is going to hurt England hard, describing him as one of the most influential players in the squad and citing that England are over-reliant on him.

He added: "England have some big injuries and none bigger than Rooney.

"He is the player England look at to win them games and we can’t say that we are unhappy he won’t be playing. It takes away England’s main threat and that is a big thing for us.

"That is not their only injury as well - we must take advantage of that. It is a weakened England team we will be facing and it is the perfect opportunity for us put ourselves in a great position to qualify."

An injury-and-suspension marred England are currently leading Group H on goal difference and are a point ahead of Ukraine, ahead of their crucial encounter in Kiev.

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