England resume their Euro 2020 campaign on Saturday night as they travel to Rome to face Ukraine in the quarter-finals.
Andriy Shevchenko has a very tough and disciplined squad who earned passage to the last eight with a fantastically dramatic victory over Sweden last time out, courtesy of Artem Dovbyk’s 120th minute winner. But Gareth Southgate’s men will go into the tie as firm favourites.
England have thus far won three of their four Euro 2020 fixtures, conceding none along the way. In the round of 16 they managed a historic result, overcoming Germany in a knockout game at a major tournament for the first time in 55 years. Now, they face Ukraine in a bid to make the semi-finals of back to back major tournaments.
Here’s the England lineup that could start.
Jordan Pickford (GK) – Fantastic with his feet as well as making some crucial stops in the win over Germany – he just keeps on performing for his nation.
Kyle Walker (CB) – Was on high alert throughout the round of 16 clash and also showed great use of the ball. Has earned his place in the team.
John Stones (CB) – Another strong performance last time out only solidifies his spot in the starting XI. Started every game so far and should continue to do so.
Harry Maguire (CB) – Looked stronger than ever against Germany and clearly has the will for this huge occasion. Colossal against Die Mannschaft’s world class attackers and doesn’t look like letting anything past him at the moment.
Kieran Trippier (RWB) – Given how well England played with three at the back last time out, Southgate could continue with the system. Trippier was a menace with his high position throughout and undertook his duties perfectly.
Declan Rice (CM) – Still looking a little passive in possession but mostly solid, and seems to be a preferred choice for Southgate.
Kalvin Phillips (CM) – Still hasn’t missed a second of action in England’s Euro 2020 campaign and will certainly feature once more. Showed bite, tenacity and a willingness to make things happen from deep against Germany – the reason the country has come to adore him.
Luke Shaw (LWB) – Sensational in the second half against Die Mannschaft and played a huge role in both goals – assisting the first. Deserves to retain his place in the side as much as anyone.
Raheem Sterling (RW) – No one has stepped up more for England than Sterling throughout this tournament. A true hero in the Three Lions journey and, with his three goals scored, his place is well and truly safe.
Harry Kane (ST) – Finally showed more glimpses of what he’s capable of against Germany and eventually bagged his first goal of Euro 2020 late on. Let’s hope he’s just got started and is ready to burst into life.
Jack Grealish (LW) – A real bone of contention here. He came on against the Germans and made an immediate impact, having a large hand in both goals – grabbing a lovely assist for Kane’s strike – and, with a potentially very rigid, organised and deep-lying Ukraine side, his bursts of creativity between the lines and in the final third may be required to break down Shevchenko’s team.