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Ukraine will not be ‘frightened’ v England, says Zinchenko

Oleksandr Zinchenko has insisted that Ukraine will not be “frightened” to play England in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals on Saturday.

All eyes will be on the Stadio Olimpico in Rome this Saturday evening when the Three Lions take on Andriy Shevchenko’s side for a place in the Euro 2020 semi-finals at Wembley.

England secured an unforgettable 2-0 win against Germany to progress to the quarter-finals, which Ukraine reached with their last-gasp 2-1 extra-time triumph against 10-man Sweden on Tuesday.

The good news for England: Ukraine look f***ed

Zinchenko opened the scoring at Hampden Park and the versatile Manchester City player is up for the challenge presented by familiar faces.

“I watched almost all of their matches at the Euros except for (Germany),” he said. “I know many players of the team personally thanks to the matches in the Premier League.

“It is very difficult to score for this team, it is a great team with a fantastic selection of performers.

“If you look at their bench, there are players worth, probably, like three national teams of Ukraine.

“But this should not frighten us, but rather motivate us. I have already felt that everything in this life is real. I will personally do my best to achieve the result in the next game.”

Zinchenko has also suggested that Ukraine will have to “stop” Raheem Sterling if they are to beat England:

Raheem Sterling is one of the best wingers in the world. Right now he is in amazing form.

“He is great, he makes the difference. We obviously need to pay attention to him and we will need to try to somehow stop him because he’s on a roll now.

“Who is the strongest opponent that I have ever played? I have said several times that it’s the footballers from Manchester City, those that I see every day at training.”

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