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Gerrard: England will do whatever it takes to keep top spot

The England team are prepared to fight tooth and nail to maintain their perch in first position of their World Cup qualifying group.

The Three Lions are ahead of Montenegro on goal difference and have a game in hand in Group H while they are also a point ahead of Tuesday night's opponents Ukraine.

Captain Steven Gerrard says he and his teammates will go out in Kiev with the mindset of keeping themselves at the summit so they have every chance of progressing to Brazil 2014 when they meet Montenegro and Poland in October.

"By hook or by crook we have to perform, we have to work hard, we have to play well and we have to get the result," he told Sky Sports News.

"They're a good team, we can't underestimate them, they've got fantastic talent. Going forward, and defensively, they're a very good unit.

"We need to go on Tuesday night and try and get that result and put it in our own hands, that's all you can ask for with two home games coming up after that.

"We're very focused on what we've got to do. People can easily dismiss a group when they don't see a Spain or Germany sitting in it but we were aware that there were a few strong teams in there."

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Andrew Slevison
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