Football: England stay on track despite Ukraine ordeal
KIEV (AFP) - England inched closer to qualifying for next year's World Cup after surviving a number of scares to record a potentially crucial 0-0 draw against Ukraine in Kiev on Tuesday.
Ukraine had an early penalty appeal waved away and gave the visitors several nervous moments on a tense night at the Olympic Stadium, but Roy Hodgson's men held on to move a point clear in European qualifying Group H.
Victories over Montenegro and Poland in their final two home games next month will give England a place in Brazil, but they will hope for improved performances at Wembley after a muddled display in the Ukrainian capital.
England captain Steven Gerrard conceded that it "wasn't a top-class performance", but Hodgson pointed to the injuries that had unsettled his preparations.