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England wary of Ukraine threat

8 September 2012 17:43

England midfielder Frank Lampard has warned his team they will face a difficult game against Ukraine on Tuesday.

Roy Hodgson's men thrashed Moldova 5-0 in their first World Cup qualifier with Lampard scoring twice, but the Chelsea midfielder is adamant Ukraine will provide a much sterner test.

He told reporters: "Ukraine are a quality team, they showed that in glimpses in the game during the European Championships.

"It was a pretty impressive performance and a tough match for the team even though we got the win.

"They are certainly going to come to Wembley with intentions to make it difficult for us and show what they are about, so we will have to be on top form.

"We need to rest up, prepare right and try and keep the level of performance we are producing."

Lampard's team-mate in midfield Steven Gerrard agreed that Ukraine will pose a significant threat in their next game, and the team must be wary.

Gerrard said: "It will be a different test on Tuesday.

"With all due respect to Moldova, Ukraine are a fantastic team as they showed in the Euros. I'm sure it will be a lot tougher test."

Right-back Glen Johnson stressed the importance of getting a good start in the qualifying campaign.

"We will look to start well again on Tuesday and hopefully get the same result," he said. "It is important to start the campaign well. We knew Moldova wasn't going to be an easy place to come.

"We worked like we usually do, we tried to start well and were fortunate to get a couple of early goals."

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