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Gerrard still confident after draw

12 September 2012 15:48

Steven Gerrard insists England have what it takes to win their World Cup 2014 qualifying group despite a 1-1 draw against Ukraine on Tuesday.

The 32-year-old skipper saw red for the first time in his international career after receiving his second booking in the closing stages of the Wembley encounter.

And Gerrard's sending off was not the only foul that drew the wrath of Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir, who booked eight other players and has been criticised for his performance.

"I don't think there was a bad tackle in the game, was there? And I think the referee's given seven yellow cards," Gerrard told the Daily Mail.

"So, it's disappointing for me because it's a red card - my first one in 98 caps.

"But we play San Marino next. I'm sure the boys can do the job without me and then I'll be available for Poland. I'm gutted over the red, but happy with my performance."

Gerrard admitted he was unhappy with dropping two points from a match England produced enough chances to win, but insisted he was pleased with the players' character.

"We wanted to win this game tonight. We're at home with our crowd behind us, so we're disappointed not to get the three points," he said.

"Having gone a goal down, I think we showed fantastic character and determination. We kept probing for the openings and, when the subs came on, I thought we created more chances.

"I thought we thoroughly deserved the point, if not a bit more on chances."

It was another close game between the two sides who also met at Euro 2012, and Gerrard feels Ukraine will be England's biggest rivals for supremacy in Group H.

"I think you've got to give them credit," he said. "They're a fantastic team and I think it's going to be between us two who tops this group. That's my prediction.

"I thought in general play, we controlled it. We looked the side who wanted to create all the openings and I think we'll probably have a better chance of beating them away because they'll have to come out and take more risks.

"But, credit to them, they've come to Wembley and they've taken two points off us."

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1 - 1

Competition
WC Qualification Europe
Date
11 September 2012
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
1 - 1
Venue
Wembley Stadium (London)
Attendance
68102

Goals

0 - 1
39' Y. Konoplyanka
 (assist by R. Rotan)
F. Lampard (PG) 87'  
1 - 1

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
6
2 90+3'
3
5 70'
4 54' 88'
8 87'
7 74'
10
9 47'
11
Coach: R. Hodgson

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