Tuesday, 11 September, 2012
Frank Lampard believes Ukraine will arrive at Wembley with determination.
Frank Lampard says England will have to show their patience at Wembley, with Ukraine in town for the first home World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.
The Chelsea star missed last summer’s European Championship Finals through injury, but was an interested spectator from afar as England played Ukraine in their final group match.
Now Lampard believes England will face a tricky game on home soil with Ukraine also keen to make an early impression in Group H.
“They showed some bright sparks in the game against us at the Euros,” admitted Lampard, to the official England Matchday Programme.
“They had some great players such as Shevchenko in the past, so they'll be looking now to bring through younger players and fill that gap. Like everyone, they'll be coming to Wembley determined to play well.
“I wasn’t surprised by them at the Euros as you know at any European Championship how high the level of the teams is going to be, particularly the home nations.
“People expect you to roll over certain teams, they make you favourites, but they are technically good players and you have to play against them in the right manner so nothing surprises me.”
Buy the official England v Ukraine Match Programme to read the full, exclusive interview with Frank.
You can help cheer England to victory over Ukraine at Wembley tonight. Tickets are still on sale and can be purchased from the stadium’s East ticket office from midday. All price levels are still available, but subject to availability.