It was simplefor England at the start of the game; Win or draw against Ukrainian, shorn of potent striker Andriy Shevchenko at the start and they were through. England recalled their own talisman in the shape of Wayne Rooney for Andy Carroll but Hodgson’s men were firmly on the back foot for much of the first 45 minutes.
The host nation gave everything, knowing they had to win and at one point had seven attempts on goal before England had registered a shot of their own.
At every opportunity, the ball was being sprayed out on to the flanks and as the crosses rained in on Joe Hart’s goal, Andriy Yarmolenko had the best opportunities to open the scoring but the Three Lions keeper was equal to his efforts.
Aston Villa will be without Darren Bent for the rest of the season, and it is also highly likely that the England striker will be absent at the Euro 2012 in the summer.
The England forward suffered the injury in the match against Wigan recently. He injured his ankle ligaments and has now undergone an operation in order to recover as soon as possible.
Still, Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish is set to be without his star striker for the rest of the season and this comes as a major blow for Aston Villa and their hopes of making it into the top 10 of the table.