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World Cup qualifier: England v Ukraine

The latest score and minute-by-minute updates from England's World Cup qualifier at Wembley Stadium

  • Welcome to The Independent's text coverage of England's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine, live from Wembley Stadium.
    9/11/2012 6:41:46 PM
  • Following last Friday's 5-0 rout of Moldova, Roy's boys can expect something of a sterner test here tonight.
    9/11/2012 6:43:48 PM
  • Here are the teams...
    9/11/2012 6:46:58 PM
  • Ukraine: Pyatov, Gusev, Khacheridi, Rakitskiy, Selin, Tymoschuk, Rotan, Yarmolenko, Garmash, Konoplianka, Zozulya.
    Subs: Koval, Shevchuk, Bezus, Mandzyuk, Nazarenko, Stepanenko, Butko, Devic, Dykan.
    9/11/2012 6:47:22 PM
  • England: Hart; Johnson, Jagielka, Lescott, Baines; Gerrard, Lampard; Milner, Cleverley, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Defoe
    Subs: Walker, Ruddy, Bertrand, Cahill, Carrick, Livermore, Lallana, Sturridge, Welbeck, Sterling, Butland.
    9/11/2012 6:47:50 PM
  • As expected, there's no place in the starting line-up for surprise call-ups Raheem Sterling or Adam Lallana. There are changes from the 5-0 win on Friday though. Ashley Cole returns from injury to replace Leighton Baines. Meanwhile John Terry's injury sees Phil Jagielka partner Joleon Lescott in defence.
    9/11/2012 6:48:55 PM
  • Tom Cleverley, who so impressed against Moldova, gets another chance tonight. On those young players, you can read The Independent's Sam Wallace on what he thinks their call-up means for the state of English football here...
    9/11/2012 6:49:41 PM
  • Should Sterling play, and score, at the age of 17 years and 275 days he would become the youngest goalscorer in England's history. That accolade currently belongs to Wayne Rooney at 17 Years 317 days.
    9/11/2012 6:50:54 PM
  • This is the Ukraine's first match of Group H, so Roy Hodgson won't have learnt much since England faced them at Euro 2012. Ukraine's only game since then was against the Czech Republic, which they drew 0-0. One thing we do know is talisman Andei Shevchenko won't be playing. The former Chelsea man has retired, but he's still playing games as this article from Shaun Walker explains...
    9/11/2012 6:51:33 PM
  • Ukraine may not have learnt much about England either since then. Coach Oleg Blokhin banned his players from watching the Three Lions' rout over Moldova because "one team dominated the whole match, there was no point in watching."
    9/11/2012 6:52:27 PM
  • The teams are on their way out, to what must be said is a rather poor attendance hear at Wembley. There's no-one opposite me in the top tier!
    9/11/2012 6:53:36 PM
  • That game at Euro 2012 saw England win 1-0 thanks to a close range header from Wayne Rooney. Although that's not what the match is best remembered for. The game in Donetsk saw John Terry clear the ball off 'the line' - when in fact Marko Devic's shot had clearly gone in. Ukraine may feel they have a score to settle tonight.
    9/11/2012 6:54:02 PM
  • That said, coach Oleg Blokhin says that won't be the case. "We look at each game individually, if we look at this as revenge we'd lose by now," he said in the build-up to this match.
    9/11/2012 6:54:36 PM
  • That win for England in Donetsk was their fourth win in five matches against tonight's opponents. The only defeat came in a World Cup qualifier in 2009. It was a game of little meaning for England (proved by the fact the match was streamed exclusively on the internet) as Fabio Capello's side had already qualified for the tournament in South Africa. That result was also the last time England lost a qualification match.
    9/11/2012 6:55:24 PM
  • National anthems over - we're just a couple of minutes away from kick-off between England and Ukraine.
    9/11/2012 6:57:53 PM
  • As mentioned already, England have played Ukraine five times. A little stat for you - Steven Gerrard has played in all of those games against Ukraine.
    9/11/2012 6:58:12 PM
  • One final stat for you... England have won their last 10 home World Cup qualifiers. You have to go back to 2001 and the 2-2 draw with Greece for the last time the Three Lions failed to take all three points on home turf. Bodes well for tonight.
    9/11/2012 6:59:23 PM
  • 1 min: We're off here at Wembley.
    9/11/2012 7:00:22 PM
  • 2 min: A stop in play here as Garmash takes a whack from Hart's clearance. He'll be alright.
    9/11/2012 7:01:54 PM
  • 5 min: Ukraine enjoy a nice spell of possession with Yarmolenko showing some nice touches. The move ends with a cross come shot from Gusev which Hart tips onto the post.
    9/11/2012 7:04:22 PM
  • 6 min: Great start from Ukraine. Gusev gets the better of Baines and puts a cross into the six yard box. England get it away, but only just.
    9/11/2012 7:06:05 PM
  • 8 min: Fantastic ball from Gerrard across field finds Johnson. He cuts inside and puts the ball in the mixer. Lampard can't quite get there in time though. Better.
    9/11/2012 7:07:32 PM
  • 10 min: Not enough pressure on Ukraine and it allows Gusev to cross to the back post. It comes in to Yarmolenko but his touch lets him down and Hart collects.
    9/11/2012 7:09:22 PM
  • 12 min: Is it a goal? No. Defoe does brilliantly, jinking past a couple before firing it past the keeper from just inside the box. But the referee blows for a foul. Replays show Defoe used his hand to push off a defender but it was in the chest and not the face as the Ukrainian claimed. Poor decision.
    9/11/2012 7:11:46 PM
  • 14 min: The Ox looks to beat a few defenders - he does well but in the end it rolls out for a goal-kick. Gerrard is spraying some great passes about.
    9/11/2012 7:13:34 PM
  • 15 min: So close for Ukraine but captain Gerrard saves the day. Konoplianka looked to have taken a touch too many but his shot fell to Rotan who passed it towards goal and beyond the reach of Hart. Thankfully Gerrard was there to clear it off the line.
    9/11/2012 7:15:15 PM
  • 17 min: Back to Defoe's disallowed goal - what a strike. The Tottenham striker's shot was like a bullet past Pyatov, who could do nothing about it. Good game this. And very even.
    9/11/2012 7:16:50 PM
  • 20 min: Cleverley yet to see much of the ball for England and there looks like a lack of midfield protection for the defence. Ukraine look dangerous as they come at the home side. I hope we won't be getting into that ancient argument about whether Lampard and Gerrard can play together again. Yawn.
    9/11/2012 7:19:30 PM
  • 21 min: Oxlade-Chamberlain loses it easily and there's the first groan of the night from this Wembley crowd. England beginning to see more of the ball though.
    9/11/2012 7:20:29 PM
  • 23 min: Great from Gerrard. He wins a proper captain's header by flying in above his Ukrainian opponent before receiving it back from the Ox. He plays a deft throughball which nearly ends up with Milner slotting in from close range.
    9/11/2012 7:22:46 PM
  • 26 min: The Ox isn't shy about getting on the ball - just not quite enough end product just yet. The Arsenal man gives it away again.
    9/11/2012 7:25:15 PM
  • 28 min: Milner uses his strength to break away from Selin but the defender gets back to block the Man City man's shot. It goes for a corner which Ukraine eventually deal with.
    9/11/2012 7:27:19 PM
  • 30 min: Defoe looks to leave it for Gerrard by skipping over the ball. There's a mix-up though and the pair look ridiculous.
    9/11/2012 7:29:44 PM
  • 31 min: Dangerous cross to the near post sees Garmash get a toe to it. It goes over the England bar... just.
    9/11/2012 7:30:59 PM
  • 33 min: Great cross-field ball by Ukraine captain Tymoschuk but Selin's control is embarrassing, much to the delight of the Wembley crowd.
    9/11/2012 7:32:56 PM
  • 36 min: Defoe wins a free-kick which is worked around midfield before Gerrard swings in a brilliant cross for the Tottenham striker. Defoe miscues but it falls to Cleverley on the six-yard box. He keeps it low but it's straight at Pyatov's foot. Ukraine escape and Cleverley's search for an England goal goes on.
    9/11/2012 7:35:33 PM
  • 37 min: Nice touch by Zozulya but his shot is over the bar. Defoe really should have put England 1-0 up before.
    9/11/2012 7:37:17 PM
  • 39 min: GOAL! 1-0 Ukraine!
    9/11/2012 7:38:27 PM
  • 40 min: What a strike from Konoplianka. He comes inside onto his right-foot and from 25 yards curls it beyond the outstretched Joe Hart.
    9/11/2012 7:39:34 PM
  • 42 min: England look to respond. Good work from Milner allows Cleverley to cross. It's too deep but England win a corner. It's taken short and finds Gerrard but his shot from eight yards is blocked.
    9/11/2012 7:42:22 PM
  • 45 min: Cleverley with a shocking miss. Lampard pulls it back brilliantly from the byline to find the United man advancing on the six-yard box but he doesn't connect with it and Ukraine escape.
    9/11/2012 7:45:11 PM
  • 45+1 min: Immediately Cleverley has a chance to atone. Milner finds him in the box, he takes a neat step and shoots from a tight angle but it hits the corner of the framework and goes behind for a goal-kick.
    9/11/2012 7:46:21 PM
  • HT: It's half-time. England 0 Ukraine 1.
    9/11/2012 7:47:32 PM
  • HT: Quite a half here at Wembley and England trail to Konoplianka's wonder strike five minutes from half-time.
    9/11/2012 7:48:37 PM
  • HT: It's been quite an even match but before going behind, England should have been ahead. Defoe had a fine goal disallowed when he was adjudged to have pushed an opponent in the face. That looked harsh. The Tottenham man should have scored later on though but with a free-header from six yards he skewed it into the path of Cleverley...
    9/11/2012 7:50:25 PM
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