Gerrard disappointed with red card

Off ... England midfielder Steven Gerrard (second left) sees red (Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard suggested referee Cuneyt Cakir had been card happy after the first sending-off of his England career in a 1-1 draw against Ukraine.

Captain Gerrard was one of nine players booked by Cakir in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier at Wembley and was dismissed in the closing stages after picking up his second caution.

The Liverpool skipper, who will now miss next month's Group H clash with San Marino, said: "I don't think there was a bad tackle in the game, was there? And I think the referee's given seven yellow cards.

"So, it's disappointing for me because it's a red card - my first one in 98 caps.

"But we play San Marino next. I'm sure the boys can do the job without me and then I'll be available for Poland.

"I'm gutted over the red, but happy with my performance."

Gerrard's display was one of few positives for England as it was outplayed by a Ukraine side which came within three minutes of avenging its controversial EURO 2012 defeat.

He said: "We wanted to win this game tonight. We're at home with our crowd behind us, so we're disappointed not to get the three points.

"Having gone a goal down, I think we showed fantastic character and determination. We kept probing for the openings and, when the subs came on, I thought we created more chances.

"I thought we thoroughly deserved the point, if not a bit more on chances."

He added: "I think you've got to give them credit. They're a fantastic team and I think it's going to be between us two who tops this group. That's my prediction.

"I thought in general play, we controlled it. We looked the side who wanted to create all the openings and I think we'll probably have a better chance of beating them away because they'll have to come out and take more risks.

"But, credit to them, they've come to Wembley and they've taken two points off us."

That is was not all three was thanks to Frank Lampard's 87th-minute penalty, his 26th goal for England which took him level with Bryan Robson.

Gerrard said: "He's got a good record as far as penalties are concerned.

"I think that's his eighth or ninth penalty now.

"So, we rely on him and he's done the job again for us tonight."

Source PA Sport