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Blokhin expecting a tough challenge

11 September 2012 02:44

Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin is under no illusions about the challenge his team will face when playing England at Wembley on Tuesday.

First choice England stars Wayne Rooney, Andy Carroll, John Terry and Ashley Cole are all unavailable for the Group H clash between the sides in 2014 World Cup qualifying, but Blokhin is expecting a tough match with the Three Lions despite those absences.

England beat Ukraine 1-0 at Euro 2012 in June and the Ukraine boss believes his opposition on Tuesday have improved since then.

"I think England played very well at the Euros and I think they have progressed very well," Blokhin said.

"I think now having [Frank] Lampard and a strong midfield line up is very good.

"If we had such problems as England we wouldn't be worried."

England thumped Moldova 5-0 in Chisinau in their opening match on Friday and Blokhin is keen to make sure that his Ukraine team doesn't afford their opponents too much respect.

"If we are in the position that Moldova was then we will lose 8-0 because they lost the game before they came on the pitch," Blokhin said.

"So I'm preparing my players that they have to play football and we will see what the result will be tomorrow.

Tuesday's match will be Ukraine's first step on the road to Brazil 2014 after not having played in the opening round of matches.

Their only appearance at a World Cup finals so far came in 2006, when they reached the quarter-final.

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