Gerrard has faith in Englandís ability to cope without Rooney
England captain Steven Gerrard insists his side will be able to cope with their attacking problems in the absence of Wayne Rooney. England will travel to Kiev on Tuesday to play against in an important World Cup qualifier against Ukraine.
England will be without all three of their front-line strikers, Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge. Rooney has a big gash on his forehead wasn’t even listed in the squad list because of his injury. Welbeck will miss the game because of suspension and Sturridge has been sidelined after picking up an ankle injury.
Gerrard admits England would have done better if Rooney’s services were available, but the Liverpool midfielder was confident of the Three Lions’ ability to overcome Ukraine. Gerrard insists England has enough firepower to deal with such a dilemma.
“Obviously Wayne is a world class player - any team would miss Wayne when he's not available,” Gerrard said. “But I think we've got more than enough in the squad and the 11 to do the job out here and as the manager says, confidence is high in the group.
“We believe if we defend well tomorrow night we've got a great chance of getting the result we want.”
England are currently the leaders of Group H and are so with a match in hand. Second-placed Montenegro are breathing down the Three Lions’ neck because of tied scores. Ukraine are third in the group, but are only a point away from the teams above.
England manager Roy Hodgson insists this is a must-win game for his side. Hodgson understands that finishing at the top of the group will make England’s journey easy in the World Cup.
Hodgson described the game as a “cup final, whilst suggesting that England needed to record good results to show that they had prepared well for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
“The team that wins will be in a great position,” Hodgson said. “The team that loses suddenly finds their backs against the wall and the chance of winning the group taken out of their hands.”