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Gerrard buoyed by England clean sheets

England skipper Steven Gerrard was full of praise for his defensive teammates following the sides two recent World Cup qualifiers.

The Three Lions beat Moldova 4-0 in London on Friday night before holding Ukraine to a 0-0 draw in Kiev on Tuesday and the ability to keep a pair of clean sheets was warmly welcomed by Gerrard.

"Two clean sheets in four days answers a lot of critics," he said.

"I thought Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill were brilliant, and you have to add Ashley Cole and Kyle Walker in to that. I thought Ash was unbelievable.

"Every big game I have played with Ashley Cole he has stood up and been terrific. He and Kyle Walker kept their two danger men quiet.

"Joe (Hart) did everything needed of him and I am sure these two clean sheets will do wonders for his confidence."

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Andrew Slevison
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