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."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

think Finnegans Wake would have been a better reference point than Ulysses. Far more rambling and incomprehensible.

debra2927
Football People On TV: Garth Crooks

I

f I recall correctly, Degsy predicted a 100/1 shot correctly the week after his 150/1 Blackpool 4 - 3 Bolton call. I stuck a fiver on it as an idle bet. Paid for a stag do in Munich. Heady days...

baldini
Backing Hull To Beat United 2-1...

R

odgers prefers Joe Allen to Lucas? If this is true then I'm setting aside a fortnight to finally learn the rules of American Football and I'll give up on real football.

godzilla
The Jammy Gossip

Footer 365

Jose Mourinho eyes Premier League title defence with new additions

Jose Mourinho may freshen up his Chelsea squad with new faces as the club look to defend their Premier League title next season.

Hull suffer Premier League relegation as Newcastle beat West Ham

Hull City suffered relegation on a goal-laden final day in the Premier League after Newcastle secured a 2-0 victory over West Ham.

Hull 0-0 Manchester United: Steve Bruce's men suffer final-day relegation

Hull City were relegated from the Premier League after they drew 0-0 with Manchester United, who had Marouane Fellaini sent off.

Mail Box

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

Don't Slate Sterling For Ambition...

Raheem Sterling deserves credit for his desire to quit Liverpool, according to one mailboxer. Also: why football should not be compared to business and Degsy's latest spot of bother...

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