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Hodgson and England need a strong finish to win Group H.
Current position: 2nd
Points behind leaders: 2
Prognosis: May need to both avoid defeat in Kyiv and then win all their remaining home fixtures to take top spot, but failure to achieve that could the mean missing out all together on the playoffs.
England is currently sitting pretty in second place in the table with a game in hand on surprise leaders Montenegro. However, Roy Hodgson would be best advised concentrating on the fast-approaching Ukrainians coming up in the Three Lions’ wing mirror.
In fact, following Friday’s shock 4-0 thrashing of Montenegro in Podgorica, third-placed Ukraine now have their destiny very much in their own hands. If one looks at the remaining fixtures to play, things are starting to look very ominous indeed for Hodgson and Co.
For one thing, Ukraine have just one more qualifier left to play on the road, and that is at group whipping boys San Marino in their final contest of the campaign on October 15.
However, before that matchup, Mykhaylo Fomenko’s in-form side host both rivals England on September 10 and then Poland on October 11. Were they to take maximum points from those two encounters, England would be left to battle it out with the likes of Montenegro and Poland to even make it into the playoffs.