Same old England. Yes, in effect they got the job done with a point against Ukraine in Kiev. They set out for a draw and that's exactly what they got.

However, the result is hardly likely to instil fear into the world's best teams, the likes of which England will be joining in Brazil should they take maximum points from their two remaining qualifiers at home to Poland and Montenegro.

For the majority of the match in Kiev, the Three Lions looked placid, devoid of ideas and they also demonstrated a willingness to give the ball away that has become synonymous with Roy Hodgson's side throughout his tenure as manager.

Granted, England remain unbeaten in group H, but the highest-ranked team they have beaten this campaign is Moldova, who sit 123rd in FIFA's standings.

Their four wins have come against the Moldovans and minnows San Marino and so far Hodgson is yet to triumph over any of the half-decent teams in their group. Worrying times for those of us who hope England do eventually make it to Rio.

The problem seems to lie in the mentality. Did Hodgson think his team could win last night? The evidence suggests not.

Picking James Milner set the tone from the start. Few possess the work rate of the City winger, but he was hardly going to take the game by the scruff of the neck and inject the fresh impetus that England so desperately needed.

The fact is, the Three Lions hardly tested opposition goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov in the entire 90 minutes and they struggled to retain possession throughout, which is something Hodgson has supposedly been focusing on in recent training sessions.

Players that bore the brunt of most of the criticism, such as Arsenal's Jack Wilshere, really should do better in that type of situation.

The stage was set for a player of his calibre to really prove that he can justify the hype. His lack of match fitness was apparent as he relinquished possession on far too many occasions, and he needs to find his true calling in an England shirt to warrant the views of those who believe he should be the next captain of the national side.

There were those who did perform well. Gary Cahill was a rock in the centre of defence and his Chelsea teammate, Ashley Cole, dealt with the threat of Andriy Yarmolenko impeccably. Those were the only two that stood out in an otherwise tepid display from the Three Lions.

In truth, England earned a hard-fought point that might give them the platform for qualification. However, England really need to step it up if they are to get anywhere near the world's elite next summer.

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