England's next match pits them against Ukraine on Wednesday.
England v Ukraine
2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ Qualifying
8pm, Wednesday 1 April 2009
Live on ITV1
England are flying in FIFA World Cup 2010 Qualifying Group 6, their four victories in the four matches played so far leaving them five points clear at the top of the table.
Following wins against Andorra (2-0 away), Croatia (4-1 away), Kazakhstan (5-1 at home) and Belarus (3-1 away), England are now back in World Cup action after a break of five and a half months.
Their next opponents are Ukraine, at Wembley, and the side coached by Alexei Mikhailichenko has also made a reasonable start to their qualifying campaign. They are unbeaten after three matches and currently lie in third place in Group 6, five points behind England.
Andriy Shevchenko, 32, is their best known player with 39 goals in 85 appearances for the national team. After two seasons at Chelsea, the legendary striker is now back with AC Milan. Another forward, Andriy Voronin, is on loan at Hertha Berlin from Liverpool.
Ukraine played their first international in 1992, following the break-up of the old Soviet Union, and there have been two matches against England. The first, a Wembley friendly in May 2000, ended in a 2-0 win for Kevin Keegan's home side. It turned out to be England's last victory at the old stadium, with Tony Adams becoming the last England scorer there. Steven Gerrard, a day after his 20th birthday, and Gareth Barry made their debuts.
England won the second meeting 3-0 at Newcastle United's St James' Park in August 2004. Goals from David Beckham and Michael Owen, both then with Real Madrid, led the way in this friendly and a debut goal from substitute, Shaun Wright-Phillips, provided the icing on the cake. The Manchester City youngster ran from the halfway line on 70 minutes to clip the ball into the far corner.