Sport Kurt Zouma could move on Friday

Captain's future uncertain after the arrival of French defender

Frank Lampard is targeting three points against Ukraine on Tuesday

World Cup qualifier: Ukraine v England match preview

A look ahead to tonight's World Cup qualifier at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev

Frank Lampard speaking to the media in advance of a likely 100th England cap

World Cup qualifier: Frank Lampard to win 100th England cap against Ukraine

England boss praises midfielder as he prepares to join team-mates Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole in passing the century mark

The Sport Matrix: Friday 6 September 2013

Lampard desperate to sign off with Brazilian swansong

Frank Lampard speaking to the media in advance of a likely 100th England cap

Frank Lampard desperate to sign off with World Cup swansong

Midfielder to win 100th England cap as he enters last season as international

Frank Lampard could win his 100th cap for England against Ukraine on Tuesday

Harry Redknapp was right – young Frank Lampard did turn out all right

After 14 years as an England player, Lampard is ready for a landmark in Kiev

Frank Lampard is targeting three points against Ukraine on Tuesday

World Cup qualifiers: Frank Lampard looking for victory against Ukraine as England midfielder targets 100th appearance

England's World Cup future lies in their hands after win against Moldova, but victory in Kiev is crucial if England are to top group

Hold-up man: Michael Carrick’s ball-retention skills may earn him the nod

Michael Carrick can be midfield key to England mastery

Roy Hodgson faces tricky choices for Tuesday's vital game against Ukraine

Steven Gerrard jumps for joy after opening the scoring last night

England 4 Moldova 0: Midfield axis Steven Gerrard and Jack Wilshere grow into a sorcerer and apprentice act

In rugby the saying is “forwards win matches, backs decide by how many”. Football, being less based on territory and lower scoring, cannot be reduced to such a simple tenet, but while goalscorers are the most prized players, international matches tend to be won and lost in the midfield engine room.

England’s Ross Barkley makes headway against Moldova

England 4 Moldova 0: ‘Suspension is difficult to get my head round’

Welbeck ‘unbelievably unfortunate’ to get yellow card, claims England manager

England v Moldova World Cup qualifier preview: Hosts behind only Germany and Spain in pass completion

England went into their World Cup qualifier against Moldova tonight with the third best passing record in the Uefa part of qualifying, behind only Germany and Spain.

Rickie Lambert (middle) celebrates scoring England’s winner

World Cup qualifiers Group H: England v Moldova match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s World Cup Qualifier at Wembley Stadium

Fernando Torres: The Spanish striker started the match on the Chelsea bench

Fernando Torres labelled a '£20m and a half' striker by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

The value of the Spain international has decreased markedly from the £50m Chelsea paid for him

David Moyes is clever at changing tactics mid-game, says Pat Nevin

Manchester United v Chelsea: David Moyes is Jose Mourinho's match in tactical battle, says Pat Nevin

Manchester United manager always gave Chelsea a hard game when he was at Everton

Frank Lampard

Premier League: Chelsea v Aston Villa match preview

A look ahead to tonight's Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge

Jose Mourinho and Wayne Rooney

Transfer news: Jose Mourinho claims he will continue pursuit of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney because 'nobody forbids you to try'

Blues manager says he has back-up plans should he fail but insists he if doing nothing wrong as David Moyes can always reject their offers

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