Roy Hodgson upset at Danny Welbeck's yellow card in the win over Moldova
England 4-0 Moldova
FIFA World Cup 2014 qualifier
8pm, Friday 6 September 2013
Roy Hodgson admitted Danny Welbeck’s yellow card tempered a comfortable 4-0 win over Moldova.
Steven Gerrard and Rickie Lambert put England 2-0 up in their World Cup qualifier at Wembley before a Welbeck double secured three points which has catapulted them to the top of Group H.
But the Manchester United man picked up a caution towards the end of the first half, his second of the campaign, which rules him out of the Ukraine game on Tuesday.
Hodgson said: “The booking for Danny Welbeck has overshadowed the night, that's for sure.
“He's been unbelievably unfortunate. We have already lost Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge and it makes life difficult for us. It takes the gloss off a good team performance.”
He added: “It's not many teams that can survive the loss of two quality centre forwards like Rooney and Sturridge and win 4-0.
“The fact that we played well enough and got a good win in what could have been a potentially tricky game won’t do us any harm.”
Two of England’s main group rivals, Poland and Montenegro, drew 1-1 meaning Hodgson’s side are now in pole position going into the final three qualifiers.
England and Montenegro both have 15 points but the Three Lions have a superior goal difference and a game in hand. Ukraine, however, are just one point behind having played the same number of matches.
Hodgson is aware of how difficult Tuesday’s match could be, but he believes he has sufficient depth in his squad to cope, despite rating Sturridge’s chances of being fit as slightly less than 50-50.
He admitted: “Ukraine came away from Wembley with a 1-1 [draw] and we always knew we’d have to match that result [away from home] if we wanted to top the group.
“The game in Kiev is going to be a game where we need the experience, the strength and the quality.
“People [thought] Lambert’s selection came about because other people were missing. He took his chance. That’s all you can do and I’m sure he’ll be expecting to play on Tuesday night.
“[James] Milner is not a winger, but the qualities he brings could be very useful for us and that’s why I wanted him to get some minutes in case I wanted to use him [against Ukraine]."