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Ukraine v England [EURO 2020]

1 Name: 606 2021-07-03 18:50
Ukraine v England (20:00 BST)

Gareth Southgate says it is "good" England are not playing at Wembley as it would have been hard to replicate the atmosphere of the Germany win.

The game is being played in Rome's Stadio Olimpico and it's England's first away from home.

"To have a different focus, different surroundings, a different challenge it's good for us," said Southgate.

England have lost just one of their seven meetings with Ukraine in all competitions (W4 D2), a 1-0 defeat in October 2009 in a World Cup qualifier.

The last two games between the sides have finished level, with this the first meeting since September 2013.

England and Ukraine have met at a major tournament once before, with the Three Lions winning 1-0 in the group stages of Euro 2012, thanks to a Wayne Rooney goal.

Simon Gleave, head of sports analysis, Nielsen's Gracenote: "England have around 70% chance of winning this quarter-final tie against Ukraine according to Gracenote's forecast.

"If Ukraine were to pull off a surprise win, it would be in the top-5 knockout phase shocks of all-time in the competition. This list is already headed by an England match, the 2-1 second round defeat by Iceland at Euro 2016."

The last time these two teams faced was back in 2013, when England were held to a goalless draw in their World Cup qualifier in Ukraine.

Frank Lampard won his 100th England cap that night.

But they last met at a major tournament in Euro 2012. England won 1-0 in the group stages, thanks to a Wayne Rooney goal, despite some goalline controversy.

Ukraine's only win over England (1-0) came in 2009 in World Cup qualifying.

England have four players walking a disciplinary tightrope this evening.

Harry Maguire, Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips and Phil Foden are all on a yellow card and will miss the semi-final, if England qualify for it, should they be cautioned this evening.

Should Southgate bench any of the quartet to make sure they're free for a potential last-four clash?

There will be a crowd of 16,000 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome this evening. Chances are, there will be more Ukraine supporters than England fans, on account of differences in travel rules.

However, here’s where the location of tonight’s match is in England’s favour: while Ukraine have only played at the Olimpico once, losing a Euro qualifier to Italy in 2006, England have some fond memories of their previous four visits.

They beat the USSR in the third-place play-off at Euro 68, and ground out a fine goalless draw against Italy in 1997, a result that took Glenn Hoddle’s fine team to France 98. Overall, they’ve won two, drawn one, and lost one.

It’s not a bad record on someone else’s patch.

Here we go! Two changes for England. They revert to a back four.

Mason Mount returns, while there's a first start for Jadon Sancho. They replace Bukayo Saka and Kieran Trippier.

England XI: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw, Rice, Phillips, Mount, Sancho, Kane, Sterling.

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Ukraine captain Andriy Yarmolenko suffered a knock in the last game but has recovered to lead his country in Rome.

Manchester City's Oleksandr Zinchenko also starts against England.

So, Jadon Sancho makes his first start of Euro 2020 for England.

Midfielder Mason Mount also returns to the starting line-up.

Bukayo Saka suffered a "slight knock" in training on Friday and does not appear on the bench while Kieran Trippier is named on the bench which again contains Jack Grealish.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin returns to the bench.

West Ham winger Andriy Yarmolenko, who captains Ukraine tonight, has either scored or assisted five of their eight goals at Euro 2020.

Ukraine: Buschcan; Zabarnyi, Kryvtsov, Matvienko; Karavev, Shaparenko, Stepanenko, Sydorchuk, Zinchenko; Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk.

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