Emphatic triumph the foundation for further England success
Three Lions can follow up Moldova victory by besting Ukraine on Tuesday
England’s emphatic success in Moldova on Friday night was impressive in its nature, despite the lowly playing standard of the Three Lions’ hosts.
A 5-0 triumph on the road is a terrific result regardless of the opposition, and that outcome will inspire confidence in those backing England to beat Ukraine at 1/3 on Tuesday.
Perhaps most encouraging about England’s display on Friday meanwhile, was the seamless integration between younger and more experienced squad members.
Indeed, the likes of two-goal Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard impressed greatly, whilst Jermain Defoe marked his 50th international cap with a 17th England goal.
In addition to this, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tom Cleverley were the cream of the younger talent involved, each claiming assists and influencing the Three Lions’ attacking play immensely.
As a result of England’s dominance, they emerged from Moldova in possession of their biggest away victory for 19 years, and can carry their form to Wembley on Tuesday night.
Roy Hodgson is expected to select a similar, if not identical starting lineup then, and that is understandable given the near complete control England enjoyed over their opponents last night.
Also encouraging for Three Lions backers is the outcome of the recent meeting between England and Ukraine, from which Hodgson’s side emerged triumphant via a 1-0 scoreline.
Given that that game occurred during Euro 2012 on Ukrainian soil too, England will fancy their chances back on their own turf at Wembley in midweek.
England have also won four of the five meetings between the sides, and in Ukraine meet a side in poor recent form, having lost four of their last seven matches.
There would seem to be little obstacle to an England success on Tuesday, and at 1/3 Hodgson’s charges look well-priced to record a second consecutive win.
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