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England vs Ukraine, 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier: Open Thread

For viewers in the United States, England kicks off its second match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification journey with a home match against Ukraine at 3pm ET.

It’s a match where, if England can get a win, it’ll certainly set them off on a fantastic start in their group. After the impressive win by The Three Lions on Friday, it’s imperative that England puts in a good performance in front of their home fans. England, ranked number three in the world, are riding on a high right now after two successive victories (Moldova, and the friendly win against Italy).

England faces a long list of injuries with John Terry, Theo Walcott, Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Jack Wilshere, Gareth Barry, Scott Parker and others out injured.

Ukraine will be gunning for a victory especially after the disappointment of their exit in Euro 2012 to the English. This should be a good, entertaining game to watch.

Before, during and after today’s match, post your rants, raves, questions and observations in the comments section below.

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20 Comments

20 Comments

  1. Sammy

    September 12, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I don’t have much to say about this match as I didn’t watch it, but looking at the score-sheet alone, it seems England were very fortunate to win a late penalty, otherwise they would have lost. Not really surprised at the result though, as I know they had tons of injuries for this match. I guess the biggest challenge for this team is knowing how to minimise injuries. Of course, the problem of English talent might also have to be solved.

    On the other hand, Lampard has really impressive! Not only for club but also for his country.

    • Paul

      September 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      why would you even comment on a game you didn’t even watch? England created more chances than Ukraine and probably could have won if they still had 11 men on the pitch.

      I just dont understand people busting out with the cliches whenever England loses.
      First they say: “We are not good enough”
      Then: ” Our players are not as technical as players from other top teams”
      The finally they bust out with the dreaded: “Wilshere for me, is the only player….”

  2. Matt

    September 12, 2012 at 9:33 am

    according to projections, England will fall to 5th or 6th in the FIFA rankings, Argentina will be the new #3. But we will have to wait a few weeks for the official rankings 😀

  3. Dust

    September 11, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    NBC sports showing dream on: journey wembley fc on west coast anyways

  4. Dust

    September 11, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Just watched bales free kick…he has a freakish left foot. Highlights of the wales game…horrifoc defending..ouch bales goal is 3:40 mins in.
    http://www.thickaccent.com/2012/09/11/serbia-vs-wales-6-1-highlights-goals-video-11-sep-2012/

  5. Matt

    September 11, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    no way Hodgson gets sacked, England will qualify but they won’t do anything of note at the World Cup. Good chances of Levein getting sacked soon, they have two away matches in October and basically if they pick up anything less than 4 points they are done. I’m kind of surprised at how poor Wales did today, Serbia was a team who struggled to score for like 6 months now (1 goal in their last 5 matches) yet they score 6 today. Even Andorra manage to concede less than 6 goals these days.

    The main thing in these qualifiers is just getting points, its hard to look good with only 3-4 days training. Even teams like Spain and Germany aren’t blowing anybody away and Italy only managed to beat Malta by two goals.

    • Sammy

      September 12, 2012 at 9:48 am

      I agree with your last two sentences. Honestly, it doesn’t really matter whether you win big or small, a win is still a win at the end of the day and the number of points worth is still the same. However, that doesn’t excuse the stronger teams from poor or lackluster performances, or else complacency may get the better of them and if they aren’t careful, may actually come back to haunt them when they face stronger opponents.

  6. Dust

    September 11, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    Is anyone really that surprised that Ukraine got a draw and unlucky to not take all 3 points? I’m not, RH is not the right choice for England.

    What’s the excuse for Roy now? Its his system now, his squad selection, an absolute joke.

    Gerrard should not be starting, Lamaprds ability to score penalties should not mean he gets selected..the whole midfield and attack just looked horrid, the defense was ok with Johnson as the weak link….again.

    With all due respect to the Ukraine they aren’t that good, RH tactics and poor selection is why… Thank goodnes it’s over and we can get back to the real football. Odds for a 3 way accumulator on all 3 current home country managers being gone by the end of the qualifying period are good. Coleman….ughhh, Hodgeson…..ouch, Levien….eeewwww. 50 quid would earn you 1500.

  7. The Gaffer

    September 11, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Ugh. A rough night for Wales. Maybe Coleman wasn’t the best choice after all.

    Cheers,
    The Gaffer

  8. Matt

    September 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    All the British sides have been awful so far, Wales and Scotland the worst of the bunch, you can’t expect too much from Northern Ireland but a draw at home to Luxembourg?! hahaha

  9. jtm371

    September 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I’m sure with this convincing draw England will move up to #2 in the FIFA rankings.

    • Guy

      September 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      But of course!

  10. Guy

    September 11, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    I think it’s time for a new rule. Any player who goes down holding his hands to his face gets an automatic red card.

    • Andrei

      September 11, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      Even if he is in extreme emotional distress over what just happened to him?

      • Guy

        September 11, 2012 at 4:57 pm

        Every time. 🙂

  11. hamilton

    September 11, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    it’s very interesting

  12. Guy

    September 11, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Oh, my face!! Pathetic.

  13. Guy

    September 11, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Fox Soccer, 3:00.

  14. Bob Tomlinson

    September 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Can this match be seen anywhere on tv or the internet? I didn’t see it listed on Espn3, but maybe I missed it.

    • The Gaffer

      September 11, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Bob, it’s only on FOX Soccer in the United States.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

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