Ahead of England’s Euro 2020 quarter-final match against Ukraine tonight, England manager Gareth Southgate has sent a message to the nation not to get carried away and start planning for the final of the European Championship. The England manager has described the final as being his team’s “Everest,” writes Telegraph Sport’s Matt Law.
If – and it is a big if – England go on to win they will face either Denmark or the Czech Republic in the semi-finals back at Wembley on Wednesday evening.
It looks as though England will revert to a back four for the game tonight, and Southgate has also insisted that his selections will not be influenced by the fact four of his players are walking a disciplinary tightrope.
Harry Maguire will start, despite, along with Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips and Phil Foden, being one booking away from missing a potential semi-final having already picked up a yellow card earlier in the tournament.
What time does England vs Ukraine kick off tonight?
The England vs Ukraine match kicks off tonight at 8pm BST.
What TV channel is it on – how can I watch live?
You can watch the match live on BBC One or tune into the livestream on BBC iPlayer.
England and Ukraine team news
To be determined, although England didn’t pick up any serious knocks against the Germans.
Southgate revealed that he needed to check on the fitness of Bukayo Saka, who had a “slight knock”, which could open the door to Jadon Sancho to make his first start of the tournament. And Mason Mount is hoping for a recall after returning from isolation, as revealed by Matt Law.
Southgate wants to put his team out on the front foot against Ukraine and dismissed the suggestion that he should make changes purely on the basis of trying to save players who are one booking away from suspension.
“I understand the strategy of thinking that through, but I don’t think there is a team in the world who would do that at this point,” said Southgate.
“I have never seen it happen and it is not in our thinking. It would be a bad message for our players and it would be the wrong message for Ukraine. I don’t think we can fiddle around. It would be just about thinking about the future and we should not be thinking about the future at this moment.
“We have been to three semi-finals in 60 years, the thought that we can be resting players to get through a semi-final – I can’t think of a nation that would do that. I don’t remember a nation doing that. It was different in the group phase when we had qualified and knew what we were dealing with. We could strategically do that.”
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Who is the referee for England vs Ukraine?
German referee Felix Brych will be in charge of the England vs Ukraine quarter-final. He is one of Uefa’s top referees and was in charge of the 2017 Champions League final. Brych was the man in the middle for the last-16 clash between Portugal and Belgium.
Who are the other officials?
Felix Brych will be assisted by his German countrymen Mark Borsch and Stefan Lupp on the field, while Spain’s Carlos del Cerro Grande will be the fourth official. Uefa has confirmed the three Video Assistant Referees as Christian Dingert, Christian Gittelmann and Bastian Dankert (who are all German).
England vs Ukraine odds
England – 2/5
Ukraine – 15/2
Draw – 7/2
England vs Ukraine prediction
Germany were arguably England’s biggest threat to reaching the semi-finals and beyond and, having passed that test, Gareth Southgate’s men will fancy their chances of beating Ukraine in the quarter-finals and securing a place in the last four.
Predicted score: England 1 Ukraine 0