Ukraine vs England – Euro 2020 LIVE: Build-up, team news and updates

LIVE: Ukraine vs England – Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount both START as Gareth Southgate reverts to a back four and ignores fears over suspensions for huge Euro 2020 quarter-final in Rome

  • Ukraine starting XI: Bushchan, Zabarnyi, Kryvtsov, Matviyenko, Karavayev, Sydorchuk, Shaparenko, Zinchenko, Mykolenko, Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk
  • England starting XI: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw, Phillips, Rice, Sancho, Mount, Sterling, Kane
  • England are looking to back up win over Germany by beating Ukraine 
  • Gareth Southgate and Co would return to Wembley for semi-final with victory 
  • Race for the Golden Boot: The updated top scorer standings at Euro 2020
  • Euro 2020 fixtures, results and television guide in full
  • Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here

England take on Ukraine on Saturday night with a Euro 2020 semi-final spot at Wembley on the line.  

Gareth Southgate’s men are looking to back up their impressive victory over Germany by putting Andriy Shevchenko’s surprise quarter-finalists to the sword. 

Rome’s Stadio Olimpico plays host for England’s first game away from their national stadium in the tournament with the Three Lions still yet to concede a goal.  

Follow Sportsmail’s Dan Ripley for live Euro 2020 coverage of Ukraine vs England, including build-up, team news and updates.  

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A rousing reception from the England fans for the team, who then belt out the national anthem with some gusto.

Here is a reminder of the squads this evening – and yes we do have a German referee in charge…:

Ukraine: Bushchan, Zabarnyi, Kryvtsov, Matviyenko, Karavayev, Sydorchuk, Shaparenko, Zinchenko, Mykolenko, Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk.
Subs: Sobol, Sudakov, Stepanenko, Marlos, Pyatov, Makarenko, Tsygankov, Bezus, Zubkov, Trubin, Tymchyk, Dovbyk.

England: Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw, Phillips, Rice, Sancho, Mount, Sterling, Kane.
Subs: Grealish, Henderson, Rashford, Trippier, Ramsdale, Mings, Coady, Calvert-Lewin, Foden, Chilwell, Johnstone, Bellingham.

Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

IAN LADYMAN: England should not fear Ukraine… Gareth Southgate needs one FINAL push from his players and then something truly special is in their reach

As the players gather in the tunnel, here is a final pre-match read from IAN LADYMAN ahead of kick-off…

Not too sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing to be honest. On the one hand, he netted one of England’s greatest ever goals against Argentina in the 1998 World Cup with that jersey, on the other… England still lost that last-16 tie…

Careful, Raheem. We don’t need an injury to Kalvin Phillips before kick-off!




The players were greeted onto the pitch wit a rendition of ‘Football’s Coming Home’ by the supporters in Rome, so it looks like they will be vocally backed in the Italian capital this evening.




‘He’s looked bright in training in the last 10 days. We make a change to the back four as we need a right footer to stretch the game. Ukraine look like they are playing five at the back,’ Southgate told the BBC.

‘It’s been a huge challenge for all our attacking players. We have so much depth we can’t keep everyone happy. Sancho has shown good aggression in training and we need one-on-one specialists – and he has that.’

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 5
Patrik Schick (Czech Republic) – 5
Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) – 4
Emil Forsberg (Sweden) – 4
Karim Benzema (France) – 4

And what do those five have in common? They are all out of the tournament!

Raheem Sterling by the way is on three goals – could he make a late charge for the golden boot?

Tuesday 8pm: Italy vs Spain

Wednesday 8pm: Denmark vs Ukraine or England

FULL-TIME: Czech Republic 1-2 Denmark – Euro 2020 quarter-final

And you can now count the amount of teams left in Euro 2020 on one hand. Denmark have beaten Czech Republic in Baku and they will now the winner of England and Ukraine at Wembley at 8pm on Wednesday.

What a run from the Danes, who of course started the tournament with two consecutive defeats and their key playmaker Christian Eriksen suffering cardiac arrest. What a story – more below…

To a back four it is for England then as Jadon Sancho makes his first start of the tournament as he comes in to replace Bukayo Saka. Kieran Trippier also makes way as Masoun Mount returns to the side that defeated Germany 2-0.

Ukraine make just one change from the side that defeated Sweden in the last minute of stoppage time as left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko comes in for Taras Stepanenko.

Bushchan, Kryvstov, Zabarnyi, Karavaev, Zinchenko, Matviyenko, Sydorchuk, Shaparenko, Mykolenko, Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk.

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

Because the England team have arrived in good time and already inspecting the Stadio Olimpico surface.





Paul Gascoigne backs former team-mate Gareth Southgate to lead England to Euro 2020 glory and insists the Three Lions boss is ‘the answer to everything for us’

Gascoigne was England’s talisman at Euro 96 and was seen consoling Southgate after the defender’s penalty miss against Germany in the semi-final shootout.

Ukraine will need to play the ‘game of their lives’ if they are to beat England, admits Oleksandr Zinchenko

All the talk of England reaching their first Euros semi-final for 25 years, let’s not forget opportunity knocks for Ukraine too.

Win tonight and they will be through to their first ever major semi-final….

They have only played Ukraine seven times with just one defeat. But even that defeat didn’t matter as it came during a World Cup qualifier in 2009 when Fabio Capello’s side had already reached the tournament in South Africa. And that’s enough about that particular edition of the World Cup for one evening I think..

MARTIN SAMUEL: Remember Iceland! England’s last Euros was traumatic and ended in disaster so there can be no complacency against Ukraine

Like most England supporters, I’d rather not be reminded of the Three Lions’ humiliating defeat by Iceland five years ago, but it’s hard to ignore it on nights like this.

Sportsmail’s chief sports writer MARTIN SAMUEL though explains why Gareth Southgate’s side are better equipped to deal with the ‘heavy favourites’ tag this time around.






England sensation Bukayo Saka surprised with heartwarming call from his old PE teacher Mr Harvey

Bukayo Saka has been completely unfazed since becoming England’s newest footballing sensation, but the forward was caught off-guard after receiving a phone-call from his former PE teacher.

‘We haven’t conquered Everest yet’: Gareth Southgate issues rallying cry to his England stars ahead of Ukraine quarter-final but he’s likely to be without Bukayo Saka… meaning Jadon Sancho could get a first Euros start

While England will be without Bukayo Saka, who has been one of their revelations at this tournament, the window of opportunity may now appear to have finally been opened for Jadon Sancho…

“And then one night in Rome, we were strong, we had grown” – Three Lions ’98

It was of course that famous night in 1997, when England, up against it, had to secure at least a draw against Italy to ensure qualification for the 1998 World Cup.

Glenn Hoddle’s side were magnificent that night to grab that 0-0 draw (and nearly a win) having played some excellent stuff. A 0-0 won’t quite cut it tonight, but there are at least happy memories of the Stadio Olimpico for the Three Lions.

I would go as far as to say it’s probably too hot to be playing football in at 31 degrees Celsius. And even by kick-off this evening it is set to only go down about five degrees – so yes, it’s going to be a warm one folks…


Czech Republic vs Denmark, LIVE: Follow all the action here

We already know one semi final, with Spain and Italy defeating Switzerland and Belgium respectively yesterday. But who could England face if they defeat Ukraine. We will find out soon enough when Czech Republic take on Denmark in the next 50 minutes. You can follow that game live on the below link…

Fans have also been able to travel from Ukraine to Rome – but some supporters who live elsewhere have made the journey


A team with no fear, but a leaky defence – what to expect from Ukraine tonight:

England’s Twitter account is building up the tension with this rather brilliant video…

The last time the two teams met came ni Euro 2012 – with Wayne Rooney scoring the only goal for the Three Lions. England made it out of their group but went on to be knocked out in the last 16 by Italy.

Well, well. George Russell turned up to Austrian Grand Prix qualifying wearing an England shirt – and it seems to have brought him some luck!

The British driver has made it into the third qualifying session for the first time for Williams since 2018 and is currently in ninth position. A good omen for England tonight?

The England players were treated to an intimate concert with Ed Sheeran at St George’s Park ahead of their last 16 game with Germany.

And the singer-songwriter revealed he gathered the players in a huddle for a rendition of Three Lions.

‘The summer of Sterling continues’ – the words of the BBC’s Guy Mowbray after the Man City forward opened the scoring against Germany. Can the main man get another goal tonight?

Fans may have been stopped from travelling from England to Rome but fans living outside of the UK have made their way to the Italian capital – and they seem to be in good spirits!



Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Ukraine vs England in the Euro 2020 quarter-final. We’ll have all the build up, team news and live reaction throughout the night, so make to stay with us!

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