England coach Hodgson: It's a Cup final. We play to win

England coach Roy Hodgson regards tonight's World Cup qualifier in Ukraine as a 'Cup final'.

England coach Roy Hodgson regards tonight's World Cup qualifier in Ukraine as a 'Cup final'.

His squad may be depleted by injury and Ukraine may be unbeaten in their last six matches, but Hodgson wants a victory to put his team three points clear with just two games left.

"These are two good teams who are in form and are capable of winning the group so it's a bit of a cup final and when you play in a cup final you don't necessarily win games by being cautious," the former Liverpool boss said, addressing a packed conference hall in the bowels of the Olympic Stadium where England were knocked out of Euro 2012 last summer.

"Sometimes you win it by going on to the front foot and trying to make certain you score more goals than the opposition so we are aware of those things.

"We don't have any qualms about what we have to do and the task in front of us.

"What we need to do is get a result and the players are confident that they can put on a good performance."

 
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