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Hodgson Confident In Squad

While many think England Manager Roy Hodgson is facing a crisis in the striking department with the absence of Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturrigde for their next World Cup qualifier against Ukraine, he says he is confident in his team.

England proved on Friday night that they were no mugs in front of goals after thrashing Moldova 4-0 in their World Cup qualifier which sees them firmly in charge of their qualifying group.

Watch: England Smash Four Goals Past Moldova

A win against the Ukraine on Tuesday night would all but seal their place in Brazil 2014 and Hodgson is not worried that he may be without the services of some of his top strikers.

“I can't say that is a positive thing to be without Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck and to know Daniel Sturridge might not be with us either,” said Hodgson.

“But I believe the group of players we have will step up to the plate. They won't let us down.”

The coach added that he was also impressed by the showing of James Milner, who played 20 minutes, during his side’s win over Moldova.

“We know what James will do,” added Hodgson.

“He isn't, and doesn't pretend to be, as exciting as some of the wingers we sometimes use these days.

“After a long period of time where I've not seen many wingers in the country, I'm now seeing lots of them. But we are going to need experience in Kiev. Milner is not a winger, but the qualities he brings could be very useful.”

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