Ukraine captain Anatoliy Tymoshchuk has reminded England's senior players of their failure to achieve international success and believes his side are better than the Three Lions.
The midfielder won the treble with Bayern Munich last season before leaving the Bundesliga champions to return to Zenit St Petersburg in Russia.
Much like some of England's senior players, Tymoshchuk has been successful for his club but has never won anything with his national side, and according to the Metro, the 34-year-old has taunted England's top players ahead of Tuesday's vital World Cup qualifier in Kiev.
"The thing is, such stars as Wayne Rooney, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole have achieved success in their clubs but for some reason or other can't attain the same level of success with their national team. England has players known to the entire European continent, but Ukraine is better," he said.
The aforementioned England players have a wealth of silverware amassed from their club careers, but in the England shirt, it has been a series of good qualifying campaigns followed by poor major tournament performances.
The pressure is on Ukraine going into Tuesday night's match, and England have already proved their credentials by beating the joint-hosts of Euro 2012 in Donetsk last summer, in the group stage of the tournament.
Tymoshchuk is still confident but the experienced midfielder is not expecting an easy game.
"We have no doubt that it's going to be a tough game. The team knows that this is one of the elite of European football," he added.
England will be missing strikers Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck, leaving few options available up-front. Ricky Lambert should start after scoring in Friday night's 4-0 win against Moldova.
The Ukraine captain remains strong and clearly believes his team, although it does not contain household names, has the ability to top the group on Tuesday.
"Our team doesn't have the big names that England has, but we have good players," he concluded.
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