England and Rickie Lambert face toughest World Cup test

Lambert's fledgling England career, which has seen him score in each of his first two appearances, will come up against the grit of a Ukraine defence which has only conceded four goals in seven games to leave them a point behind England and Montenegro, who have played a game more.

updated: September 09, 2013 14:02 IST
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Paris: Rickie Lambert's improbable "Roy of the Rovers" style rise to international stardom faces its sternest test yet in Kiev on Tuesday when England can take a significant step towards World Cup qualification against Ukraine.

On a busy night of World Cup action, a number of leading European nations could also do their chances of booking their ticket to Brazil next year a power of good.

Not least among them are Italy, who take on chief rivals the Czech Republic in Turin in Group B, while in Group C Germany could all but clinch their place with victory in Torshavn over the lowly Faroe Islands and France could put pressure on Spain at the top of Group I with victory over Belarus in Gomel.

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