England boss confirms Frank Lampard will earn his 100th cap against Ukraine
Ukraine v England
FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualifier
7.45pm, Tuesday 10 September
Olympic Stadium, Kiev
Live on ITV
is set to make his 100th England appearance in Kiev on Tuesday night after manager Roy Hodgson confirmed he will play against Ukraine.
Lampard will become the Three Lions eighth centurion and follows swiftly on the heels of team-mates Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole.
The Chelsea midfielder made his debut in October 1999 against Belgium at the Stadium of Light, and has since become a key member of the squad, scoring 29 goals.
“All things being equal, Frank will start the game tomorrow night and win his hundredth cap," said Hodgson.
“Fourteen years is a long time to represent your country.
"We don't have that many international matches and the number of friendlies will get less rather than more, so anyone who wants to get to 100 caps for their country will have to reach a lot of major tournaments and play for a long time."
Hodgson also revealed he will make just one change from the team that started at Wembley for Friday's 4-0 win over Moldova
after Danny Welbeck's suspension ruled him out of the World Cup Qualifier.
Speaking to the press in Kiev on Monday afternoon, Hodgson continued: “There are always options with regards to systems.
“We have two centre-forwards who are both wanting to play. In terms of the wide areas where Danny played the other night, we have plenty of options who can play there.
“There’ll only be one change to the team, though, and that will be the person who replaces Danny Welbeck. I think that I’ll leave it up to you all to make your assumptions and your guesses on who that is.”
Hodgson believes the clash against Ukraine represents a 'cup final'.
Ukraine would overtake England with a win in the Olympic Stadium, and Hodgson has told his side to get on the front foot if they are to claim the victory they crave.
"It is two teams in form and two teams who are capable of winning the Group, so in that respect it is a cup final," said Hodgson.
"When you play in cup finals you have to win them by playing well enough. You don't win them by being cautious. You need to get on the front foot and make sure you score more goals than the opposition.
"We don't have any qualms about the task ahead, we know what we need to do. The players are confident we will get that performance."
Hodgson added: "This is a vital fixture. The team who wins the game will have a great chance of qualifying.
"The team who loses the game will find themselves with their backs against the wall and will also have the chance of winning the group taken out of their hands."