Ukraine will move one step closer to the World Cup finals on Tuesday if they beat Roy Hodgson's patched-up squad to move two points clear at the top of Group H.
On Monday afternoon Fomenko had his poker face on for much of the press conference called to preview the clash in Kiev.
The 64-year-old did not give anything away about his team selection and he was reluctant to offer more than a few words when asked to assess the standard of Hodgson's depleted party.
Indeed the only time the stony-faced coach gave any hint of emotion was when he was asked whether the visit of Hodgson's team represented the biggest match of his long career.
"Not only of mine," he said.
"We don't want to make you (the Ukrainian people) angry."
When asked whether he thought England would miss star striker Wayne Rooney, all Fomenko would say was: "You should put this question to the coach of the national team of England."
Fomenko offered little hint as to what his team selection might be.
England coach Roy Hodgson, meanwhile, confirmed that midfielder Frank Lampard will win his 100th cap against Ukraine
It will be another milestone in a magnificent career that has seen the 35-year-old win three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and captain Chelsea to glory in both the Champions League and Europa League.
"Lampard will play tomorrow night," Hodgson said.
"That's quite a first. I'm happy to have been part of that. All things being equal Frank will play and start the game tomorrow and win his 100th cap.
"I don't think there will be many players who will play for England for two or three years let alone 14 years.
"Fourteen years is a long time to be representing your country. We don't have that many international matches so I think people who want to play 100 games for their country have to play for a team that wins major international tournaments and play for a very long time."
Poland play San Marino in the other group match.
Poland striker Robert Lewandowski will miss the qualifier after he injured his foot and knee during last week's match against Montenegro, the Polish Football Association confirmed.
The Poles are fourth in the group on 10 points, but if England slip up in Kiev against Ukraine, the eastern Europeans could apply some pressure with a big win over winless San Marino before they face Hodgson's side and neighbours Ukraine in October.
Striker Marcin Robak was called into the Poland squad as cover for Borussia Dortmund striker Lewandowski.