England should not be happy with Ukraine draw
A bore draw in Kiev on Tuesday has provoked a mixed reaction from supporters
England should not be happy with only taking a mere point from an away game against Ukraine. The match was a bore 0-0 draw with neither team playing particularly well and if England had won this match, then the result would have put them firmly in control of World Cup qualifying group H with 18 points.
As it stands, England have 16 points and are still first in their group but if they slip up under pressure then either Ukraine or Montenegro could steal the automatic World Cup spot away.
It is clear that England have the quality to win a match against opponents of that level, however they were unable to score the goal to seal victory and were outclassed for long periods during the match.
With Jack Wilshere, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard in midfield, many supporters were expecting attacking play but, simply put, they midfield not perform. They each lost possession frequently and didn't pose much of an attacking threat. England will have to improve significantly in time for the last two qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland.
These are must win matches and England will have to play at their best in order to qualify for the next World Cup. Roy Hodgson's men played too defensively throughout the game and seemed content to pick up a draw against a much weaker team. However, if England had have played more attacking football, they probably would have won the game and finished the night with the best possible chance of reaching the World Cup.
Although the attacking football was poor, the defence was often impressive, especially Gary Cahill who performed outstandingly. The Chelsea man's performance alongside a strong Phil Jagielka showed promise in an otherwise drab match.
The England squad will be much changed in time for the next two matches as there will be a lot of players returning from injury. Key players such as Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge were unable to play because of injury problems and Danny Welbeck will also be back after serving a suspension for a questionable yellow yard in the match against Moldova at Wembley.
With these players back, England will have a lot more attacking threat for the crucial final qualifiers. This, combined with an impressive defence, should see England hopefully win their remaining two games and qualify for the World Cup in Brazil.