ESPN FC: England's eastern excursion
Steven Gerrard insists England will be able to overcome the absence of Wayne Rooney when they take on Ukraine in Kiev on Tuesday.
Rooney has been forced out of Roy Hodgson’s squad to a head injury, and while Gerrard would prefer to have the Manchester United forward available, he believes the Three Lions have the depth required to claim a crucial result.
"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 currently sit atop the Group H World Cup qualification standings, one point ahead of Ukraine, making the fixture a must-win for both sides.
Hodgson, who described the match as a "cup final", is desperate to secure progress to world football’s showpiece event in 2014 as early as possible.
"The team that wins will be in a great position," he said. "The team that loses suddenly finds their backs against the wall and the chance of winning the group taken out of their hands."