They may not boast the big names or star appeal of many within the England team, but that has not stopped the confident noises emanating from the Ukrainian players as they prepare for the pivotal World Cup Qualifier this evening, according to the Daily Mirror.
Described as the 'match of my life' by coach Mykahylo Fomenko, many within the Ukraine camp hold a genuine belief that they will be able to derail England's qualification hopes with a victory in Kiev this evening.
Fomenko, who was appointed as manager only after a nightmare start to the campaign that saw Ukraine mustered a solitary point from matches against Montenegro and Moldova, has guided the team to a run of four consecutive competitive victories that sees them only a point behind England and Group H's automatic qualification spot.
Following their sparkling recent form, it is no wonder that the Ukrainian players are turning the screw on England, with captain Anatoliy Tymoschuk labeling Ukraine as much "more of a team" than their opponents.
"England might have names that all football fans know around Europe, but Ukraine are better," Tymoschuk, a former Bayern Munich player, said.
"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."
This confident approach was only accentuated by Andriy Yamolenko, the winger who was reportedly a summer transfer target for Liverpool, who claimed that England were much more of a "weakened" side without talisman Wayne Rooney, the striker who scored the only goal in England's 1-0 victory over Ukraine in Euro 2012 but misses tonight's game through injury.
"He (Rooney) 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."
Whether or not Ukraine's bullish mood will be quenched by England tonight remains to be seen. But, whatever the scoreline, you can be guaranteed than they will not go down without a fight.
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