England captain Steven Gerrard confident of sealing World Cup spot after point in Kiev
Ukraine 0-0 England
FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualifier
7.45pm, Tuesday 10 September 2013
Olympic Stadium, Kiev
Live on ITV
Steven Gerrard insists England will finish the job of qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil, after battling to a goalless draw in Ukraine on Tuesday night.
The Three Lions captain believes they will come home the happier side after a result that keeps them top of Group H - ahead of second-placed Ukraine - and with their fate in their own hands with two games to go, both at Wembley.
England face Montenegro and Poland at home, while Ukraine are home to Poland and away to San Marino in October.
And if England can win both games, then they will automatically qualify for the World Cup in South America next summer.
The Liverpool midfielder said: "I don't think Ukraine will be happy with a draw. They will be disappointed because they know we are capable of winning our last two games.
"So we don't focus on the games Ukraine have got left now, we focus on beating Poland and Montenegro. Hopefully we'll get few people back fit which will give us a bit more cutting edge going forward.
"We're at home and it's a different kind of pressure but we're capable of getting this job done."
Gerrard admits England weren't at their best in Kiev in what was a scrappy encounter, but he was equally pleased to come away with a clean sheet and a crucial point.
He added: "I don't think it was a top-class performance but we were solid and the result was never in doubt.
"Before the game the challenge from the manager to us was: 'let's keep it in our hands and make sure if we win the two final games at Wembley we are through.'
"Going away from home to places like this is very difficult and they are a good side. I think they have shown that by going away and beating Montenegro and Poland.
"We always knew Ukraine were going to push us all the way in this group and that's been the case. We are going to have to do it the hard way. But we know we can do it."
England could even have won this game right at the death, when Frank Lampard sent a stooping header narrowly wide as his 100th appearance drew to a close.
But Gerrard says the team performance over-shadowed any half-chances at either end.
He added: "Frank is slightly disappointed, he normally gobbles them up. But I think today collectively as a team we got the job done.
"Of course we'd like to create a bit more and get more shots on target but sometimes if you are too risky in places like this you can be undone at the back.
"It's important to be right defensively away from home and we were."