Hodgson: Ukraine still rivals

Roy Hodgson believes Ukraine are still 'serious rivals' for England and Montenegro in the race for qualification for the 2014 World Cup finals.

Last Updated: 23/03/13 at 14:16 Post Comment

Roy Hodgson: England coach still wary of Ukraine

Roy Hodgson: England coach still wary of Ukraine

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Montenegro currently lead England by two points at the top of Group H after five games, and the two teams met in Podgorica on Tuesday night.

The outcome of that match could play a decisive factor in who qualifies automatically for Brazil, but Hodgson is not writing off the prospects of Ukraine, who have played just four games.

The Euro 2012 co-hosts have four of their six remaining fixtures to come at home and a double-header against San Marino to look forward to, which ensures Hodgson still views Ukraine as a threat.

"I know Ukraine had a bad start but they are a good team," said Hodgson.

"I would certainly put them up there as one of the serious rivals, especially on the basis of what we saw in the Euros and what they did when they came to Wembley.

"I always thought it was going to be a bit of a dog fight between some of these teams. Montenegro have stolen a march but I don't really dismiss the others."

Montenegro preserved their advantage at the top thanks to a 1-0 win in Moldova on Friday night and Hodgson is ready for a 'big game' on Tuesday.

"Whatever the result in Moldova it would have still been a big game for us on Tuesday," said Hodgson.

"Montenegro are one of our serious rivals for the top spot and we must do our best to get a win there."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

Real Madrid sign Porto full-back Danilo

Real Madrid have completed the signing of Brazil international right-back Danilo from Porto on a six-year deal.

England manager Roy Hodgson said he was satisfied with draw in Italy

England boss Roy Hodgson said he was “satisfied” as his side came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw with Italy in Turin.

Netherlands 2-0 Spain: De Vrij and Klaassen goals beat European champions

Netherlands struck twice in four first-half minutes to record a 2-0 friendly win over Spain in Amsterdam on Tuesday.

Mail Box

Why Do Arsenal Have So Many 'Internet Warriors'?

The Mailbox has an open letter from Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, questions Phil Jones' bulldog spirit and asks: "Why do Arsenal have so many "internet warriors?"

It's All Just A Ruse By The 'Southern Press'...

A varied Tuesday morning Mailbox, with thoughts on the England U21s, a Sterling ruse, Kane realism, Wenger coaching youth and enjoying the charity match...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company