Frank Lampard has insisted England will take nothing for granted when they take on minnows Kazakhstan in Almaty on Saturday. Victory for Fabio Capello's side, followed by another three points at home to Andorra on Wednesday, would take them close to qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.
But Lampard saw enough quality from Kazakhstan in their encounter earlier this season to know that England cannot afford to be complacent. "We know when we played them at Wembley that we were not at our best, and they put us under some pressure and had a high work rate," said the Chelsea midfielder.
"We were not at our best in that game and we will have to be even more concentrated on Saturday. We have watched the rerun of the Wembley game to refresh our minds about how we performed in that game.
If we can get six points from these two games, we know we will take a huge step towards ensuring qualification.
"No doubt we will look at it again and we have to make sure we perform as well as we are capable of - and hopefully that will be good enough. If we can get six points from these two games, we know we will take a huge step towards ensuring qualification for next summer's finals.
"Everyone is fit and fresh and, whether they have lost or won cup finals with their club teams, they are very focused. We have come here early to acclimatise and over the next few days we will get used to conditions.
"The manager has sat us down already and explained the importance of the game. We know that as a squad anyway."