England held to goalless draw by Ukraine

Kiev, Sep 11 (IANS) England were forced to a goalless draw by hosts Ukraine in their World Cup qualifying Group H encounter here.

But the crucial point Tuesday night was enough to keep the 'Three Lions' top of the group, one point clear of Ukraine and Montenegro and three clear of Poland, reports Xinhua.

England will take on Montenegro and Poland in October at Wembley in their last two games while Ukraine host Poland and San Marino. Montenegro host Moldova after going to London.

The group winners qualify for next year's World Cup in Brazil, with the runner-up - so long as they do not have the worst record among the second-placed sides in the nine groups - going into a playoff.

Roy Hodgson's side struggled during the whole match and survived a number of scares.

Ukraine had an early penalty appeal denied and gave the visitors several nervous moments at the Olympic Stadium. England created no clear-cut chances in a game where Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard won his 100th cap.