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 have decided to release three members of their first-team squad after deciding not to offer the new contracts.
Aston Villa recently revealed on their website that former England striker Emile Heskey, Carlos Cuellar, and Brad Guzan will be the players leaving the club once their contract expires next month.
The 34-year-old Emile Heskey was signed by former Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill back in 2009. However, he has failed to live up to the expectations and will now be allowed to search for a new club after the end of this month. It is not a surprise decision given that the former Liverpool striker said a few weeks back that he expects his Aston Villa departure sooner rather than later.
Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has said that he clearly has the support of the owner Randy Lerner, as the dark clouds surrounding the club refuses to vanish.
With only three games remaining in the Premier league season, Aston Villa are currently just three points above the relegation zone.
Hence, there is a real danger of the club going into the Championship this season, which would mean huge financial implications for the club. Randy Lerner was extremely concerned about the financial situation of the club following the free spending times under Martin O'Neill that Alex McLeish was appointed in order to be a safe pair of hands.
Aston Villa's stand-in captain Gabriel Agbonlahor has pleaded with the Aston Villa fans to remain patient and continue to support them next season as well.
He has also said that fans should not restrain themselves from buying the season tickets after the team fared poorly this season.
Many fans were against the appointment of former Birmingham manager Alex McLeish, but Gabriel Agbonlahor argues that the former Birmingham manager has done a good job considering the huge number of injuries and the limited funds he has been provided with. As a result, he hopes that a next season will be a major improvement over the current one, in which they have flirted with relegation throughout the whole season.
Andreas Weimann scored his first Premier league goal to help Aston Villa to a thrilling 1-0 win over Fulham during the weekend.
The win is also extremely crucial for Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish, who has come under intense criticism of late.
Aston Villa were perilously close to the relegation zone just prior to the match, but as a result of this victory, they now are in a comfortable position heading into the last few matches of the Premier league season. Fulham are coming into the match on a good run of scoring form after having defeated struggling Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-0 in their previous match.
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.
Aston Villa striker Robbie Keane has said that he is open to making his move permanent to the Midlands club.
Former Tottenham striker Robbie Keane is currently on loan from MLS side LA Galaxy. He is set to return to the American club within the next few weeks, which would be a major blow for Aston Villa.
Since his arrival at Villa Park, Robbie Keane has been an extremely good player. These have led to suggestions that Aston Villa will be prepared to make a bid for the Republic of Ireland international, who has a lot of Premier league experience.
After a season of struggle under Gerrard Houllier, Aston Villa were expected to progress into the top 10 this season.
However, things have not gone exactly to plan after the arrival of new manager Alex McLeish from Birmingham City.
Alex McLeish was never the favourite amongst the Villa supporters due to his connections with Birmingham City, but Aston Villa board decided to go ahead with the appointment anyway. So far, Aston Villa have not made any progress in the Premier league and have also been knocked out of the cup competitions as well.
Despite this, Aston Villa youngster Marc Albrighton has said that Aston Villa are looking to progress in the table and are not concerned about the threat of relegation.
Alex McLeish of Aston Villa has let out the reasons why he was so keen on signing a quick loan deal for Robbie Keane - he feels that Keane is highly motivated in his approach and can help to bring about a change to the Villa team, and get the team fired up the prem table.
Robbie Keane is probably going to be signed for a two month loan deal so he is likely to play in six premier league games.
As yet, there is no commitment from any one at the Aston Villa end as no-one wants to give their final word until the entire deal is seen through. As of now, people are speculating that the entire transfer deal will be around 500 thousand pounds (including the amount for the wages, insurance and the loan fee). The deal should be finalized latest by next week.
Aston Villa midfielder Marc Albrighton has taken the distinction of being the first player to score the 20,000th Premier League goal.
Marc Albrighton achieved this record in the midweek match against Arsenal. Even though Aston Villa lost the match at the last, Marc Albrighton has been rewarded with his achievement by allowing him to donate £ 20,000 to charity of his choice.
The previous landmark of 15,000 goals in the Premier League was achieved in December 2006 by Martin Votz of Fulham. Les Ferdinand was the another player to create this kind of record back in 2001 when he scored the 10,000th goal while playing for Tottenham.