The Three Lions face a potentially pivotal trip in their quest to book a spot in Brazil next year as they travel to Kiev – whom they lead by a point in Group H – with a positive result a must.
England currently top the order on goal difference from Montenegro – who have played one game more – but a poor outcome could shift the balance of power, with Ukraine facing Poland and San Marino in their final two encounters.
Meanwhile, Hodgson’s men face potentially tricky home ties with Poland and Montenegro as they look to secure top spot and avoid the need for a qualification play-off.
The former Fulham and Liverpool coach believes that his side have enough to claim the win, and says that an attacking approach may be adopted.
“It is two teams, two good teams in the group, both of which are capable of winning the group, so it’s a cup final in that respect and you have to play well enough to win that game,” Hodgson told Sky Sports.
“You don’t necessarily win games by being cautious and hoping you don’t concede, you win games by getting onto the front foot and making certain you score more goals than the opposition.
“We don’t have any qualms about the task ahead of us or what we need to do, we’re fully aware of what we need to do to get a result and the players are confident that they can produce that performance.”
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