Frank Lampard says a win in Ukraine will put England in driving seat in Group H
Ukraine v England
FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifier
7.45pm, Tuesday 10 September
Olympic Stadium, Kiev
Live on ITV
believes three points against Ukraine on Tuesday would represent a major step towards qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
Chelsea midfielder Lampard, who will earn his 100th cap for the Three Lions if he plays in Kiev, admits Group H has been tricky for Roy Hodgson's men.
However, the 35-year-old says victory will put them in the driving seat for a place in Brazil next summer.
"We were very aware it was a tough group from the outset," he said in Sunday's press conference before the team began their journey to Kiev.
"People can dismiss a group when they don't see a Spain or a Germany, but we were aware there were some tough teams there."
Lampard continued: "We've got to go out on Tuesday and get a result. It's in our own hands with two home games to come after that.
"A win would put us in a very strong position. We've got two tough home games to come, but I think if we can fly back with three points then we're in a very strong position to go through."
England have faced Ukraine four times in the last four years and prior to the first Group H meeting at Wembley that finished 1-1 last September, the Three Lions beat the Ukrainians 1-0 in Donetsk at Euro 2012.
Lampard missed the tournament with a thigh injury, but said he watched the game on TV and thinks England's opponents may be out for revenge.
"They're two separate games, I watched that game from home and it was tough," said Lampard.
"It maybe means a bit for them to get revenge but we just have to be on our game on the night."