Fresh off the back of a massive three points in Italy, the Three Lions take on Ukraine tonight in a repeat of the Euro 2020 Quarter-Finals.
Ukraine stars Oleksandr Zinchenko (Arsenal) and Mykhailo Mudryk (Chelsea) will have the chance to play against club teammates. However, Zinchenko has already claimed that “on the pitch, there are no friends, so let’s see what is going to happen,”. He added, “Bukayo has not given me the line-up yet, but I am going to push as much as I can.”.
Although Ukraine’s squad does not possess the same star power as England’s, they are certainly no pushovers. Ukraine ranks 26th in the world in the FIFA rankings and will be the Three Lions’ most challenging opponent in the group, except Italy.
- This is the first meeting between the two sides since June 2021.
- England has faced Ukraine eight times, winning five and drawing two. Ukraine has only prevailed in this fixture once.
- Ukraine has only scored three times in all its fixtures against England
- Harry Kane became England’s all-time top scorer on Thursday night, surpassing previous record holder Wayne Rooney. It was his 54th goal in just 81 games.
- Gareth Southgate became only the third England manager to reach 50 wins
- On Thursday, England won their first away game in Italy in over 60 years
- England is winless in their last three home games (D2 L1)
- Ukraine has lost just two of their last 19 European Championship qualifying matches (W13 D4)
- This is Ukraine’s first game under new manager Ruslan Rotan.
England squad: Jordan Pickford, Fraser Forster, Aaron Ramsdale, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Eric Dier, Kieran Trippier, Ben Chilwell, Marc Guéhi, Jordan Henderson, Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips, Jude Bellingham, Conor Gallagher, Harry Kane (captain), Jack Grealish, Bukayo Saka, Phil Foden, James Maddison, Ivan Toney.
Ukraine squad: Andriy Lunin, Anatoliy Trubin, Mykyta Shevchenko, Mykola Matviyenko, Oleksandr Karavayev, Vitaliy Mykolenko, Eduard Sobol, Denys Popov, Oleksandr Svatok, Denys Miroshnichenko, Eduard Sarapiy, Andriy Yarmolenko (captain), Yevhen Konoplyanka, Taras Stepanenko, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Ruslan Malinovskyi, Viktor Tsyhankov, Vitaliy Buyalskyi, Mykhailo Mudryk, Oleksandr Pikhalyonok, Heorhiy Sudakov, Artem Bondarenko, Roman Yaremchuk, Artem Dovbyk
England is 1/4 to win on bet365. Ukraine is 11/1.