Andriy Shevchenko insists Ukraine have resigned themselves to a battle for second place in Group 6 following England's 2-1 win at Wembley.
That stretched England's 100 per cent record to five games and Shevchenko, who had equalised before John Terry's late winner, reckons Ukraine and Croatia are now scrapping it out for the play-off spot.
"We will try to fight for second place, but England for sure will qualify in first now," he said.
"It is just about who will finish second and we will try to do it."
Shevchenko was back in London after enduring a miserable two years at Chelsea.
The 32-year-old striker has seen little first-team action on his return to AC Milan and was named amongst the substitutes at Wembley but came off the bench to grab his 40th international goal.
"It's going okay at Milan," he said. "I'm not playing too much, but I'm working hard.
"My method is always to do my best on the pitch and hope things will go better for me."
Shevchenko was reunited with former Chelsea team-mates Terry, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and Shaun Wright-Phillips, and insists he did not go out with a point to prove following his ill-fated move to Stamford Bridge.
"For me, I don't think about the past and when I played for Chelsea," he said. "I had many injuries and it was a difficult time for me.
"Now I feel much better and I'm looking forward to the future. I have a good opportunity in my life.
"I was happy to see so many players that I used to play with at Chelsea, like Frank, JT and Shaun. It was a great experience in my life to play at Wembley."