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England in pole position after Ukraine draw

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England remain in pole position for a place in next summer’s FIFA World Cup, after grinding out a 0-0 draw with Ukraine in Kiev.

Roy Hodgson’s men lead Group H by a single point over the hosts and Montenegro, who they face at Wembley next month in what could be a decisive fixture.

Whilst the contest at the National Stadium was largely forgettable, it was a memorable night for Frank Lampard, who earned his 100th cap for his country.

Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole also became England’s joint-fifth all-time appearance makers, as they joined Billy Wright on 105 international appearances.

The visitors made a single change to the side that beat Moldova 4-0 at Wembley on Friday night, with suspended two-goal hero Danny Welbeck replaced by James Milner on the left flank.

Only 12 goals have been scored in the six previous meetings between the two sides, and tonight provided just as tight an encounter, with chances at a premium for both sides.

Indeed, a penalty shout in the first minute for the hosts and a Lampard header in injury-time for the Three Lions were among the few highlights in a dull stalemate.

The remaining two fixtures with Montenegro and Poland at are crucial for England, and two wins at Wembley will seal their qualification to Brazil next summer.

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