England cannot go to Ukraine looking for a draw, insists Walcott
England forward Theo Walcott has said the national team must go to Ukraine with the intention of winning their World Cup qualifier on Tuesday, the Daily Mirror has reported.
A draw would be enough to keep England top of Group H, a point ahead of Montenegro who do not play in midweek, and one clear of Ukraine, with two games of the group to be played. But Walcott feels that if Roy Hodgson’s side arrive in Kiev content to take a point, they run the risk of leaving empty handed.
Walcott added that with Ukraine needing to win to put themselves in pole position ahead of the final rounds of qualifiers, England are primed to take advantage. “ We always go into games trying to win them,” Walcott said.
“We don’t want to go out there and try to get a draw. That’s when we could be caught on the break. We have a lot of pace in this team. They have to come at us and that could work in our favour.”
Ukraine go into the game having beaten minnows San Marino 9-0 on Friday, but England ran out 4-0 winners over Macedonia at Wembley on the same evening and Kiev holds good memories for Walcott, the site of his goal in Euro 2012 as the Three Lions beat Sweden, something from which Walcott admits he takes confidence. “It’s going to be really nice looking for that goal again and I go there feeling very ¬confident, as do the team,” the Arsenal winger said.
“It was a great occasion scoring in Kiev but I need to concentrate on getting the points now. After those nine goals, Ukraine will go into the match on a positive note.”
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