Euro 2012: Roy Hodgson happy with increased expectations
England boss Roy Hodgson insists he has no fears about the increased expectations surrounding his team.
After collecting four points from their opening two Group D matches, England can secure a quarter-final spot with a point against Ukraine on Tuesday.
"You play football at international level to try to get people to get carried away," Hodgson said.
"Dreaming is what football is about and we're happy that people now think we can go a bit further."
He added: "We can't guarantee success, but it's nice to know that there's a lot more belief in the team. The team has belief in itself."
A draw at Donetsk's Donbass Arena will be good enough for England to secure a place in the last eight, while Ukraine have to win to qualify.
The England manager admits he is facing a difficult decision over his forward line with Wayne Rooney back from suspension.
Both Danny Welbeck, who has started both Euro 2012 games so far, and Andy Carroll scored in the victory against Sweden.
Hodgson added: "It's a very difficult choice because both have done so well in the friendlies and the tournament.
"It's a classic manager's headache, with players in form and competing for a place, but I have made it clear Wayne Rooney will start.
"Our ambitions were clear from the start. We came here hoping to do well, to play well enough to get out of the group. We've got a very big game and haven't achieved that yet. We have always believed we can do well in the competition and that's our intention."
Hodgson played down concerns that Rooney might lack sharpness after just one brief substitute appearance in more than a month.
But Hodgson said: "He's been training fully and, if anything, he's every bit as sharp as when he finished his last game for Manchester United."
Ukraine skipper Andriy Shevchenko has been a doubt for the match with a knee problem, although he trained with the squad on Monday.
But Hodgson is sure his defence can cope with the former Chelsea man if he is passed fit.
He added: "Shevchenko is a world-class player too and his CV and record in international football and club football provokes no discussion.
"He's a first-class player and I'm sure Oleg Blokhin will be very keen to get him on the field because he's a potential match winner - but we're focusing on our game and hope we'll play well ourselves and defend well against a world-class player like Shevchenko."