Euro2020: England fans sing Three Lions following Germany victory
Follow live coverage as England take on Ukraine for a place in the semi-finals of Euro 2020 tonight.
Gareth Southgate’s side won Group D after comfortable wins over Croatia and Czech Republic as well as the slightly more disappointing draw with Scotland. They then went on to beat Germany in famous fashion, earning a first knockout win over their old rivals in 55 years thanks to second-half goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane at Wembley Stadium.
Now they leave home soil for the first time in the tournament and travel to face Ukraine at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome in the quarter-finals. Andriy Shevchenko’s team were one of the lucky third-placed sides to qualify for the knockout phase after finishing behind the Netherlands and Austria in Group C, only to then beat Sweden in the last-16 in extra-time in Glasgow.
England have only ever reached one European Championship semi-final in their history – back in 1996. Follow all the latest updates from the Italian capital as they bid to do it again:
Denmark beating Czech Republic
Denmark are two goals to the good in Baku against Czech Republic. You can follow that quarter-final right here:
Michael Jones3 July 2021 17:49
Pre-match thoughts of Gareth Southgate
England manager Gareth Southgate has stressed to his players that they shouldn’t underestimate Ukraine going into tonight’s quarter-final in Rome.
Southgate has respect for the job Andriy Shevchenko has done since taking over as Ukraine national coach and points to their results against Spain in the Nations League (1-0 win) and France in the World Cup qualifiers (1-1) to show that they are a tough team to beat.
“Ukraine are a good side. I’ve been really impressed with what Andriy’s done with them.” Said Southgate
“They had a couple of sticky results through the autumn, through the Nations League but they’ve bounced back, and they got a very good result in France, in the World Cup qualifiers and again this week against Sweden.
“If we give them space to play, they’ll play, and they’ve got some dangerous forwards. We’ve achieved one challenge but that’s not the Everest we set ourselves. We want to push on.”
Michael Jones3 July 2021 17:47
England confident but not complacent ahead of biggest Euro 2020 step yet
It is a line that Gareth Southgate delivers with such effusiveness that you can tell he’s already said it to the players.
“There’s a danger when you hold something in your hands in life – when you’ve got half of something – you don’t want to lose the half, rather than reach out for the whole. We’ve got to take the next step forwards.”
It’s just that the next step of the tournament, a quarter-final against Ukraine, isn’t as intimidating as Germany. That isn’t arrogance or complacency. It’s reality.
Michael Jones3 July 2021 17:41
John Stones hopes England can make history
No team has ever gone through a whole European Championship campaign without conceding a goal. England are the only team left in the tournament who have yet to concede a goal and defender John Stones hopes to keep that run going.
“If we could go all the way and win this without conceding, it would be more history, but we’ve got a tough opponent coming up next and that’s the main focus.” said Stones,
“I know they’ve got quality and they’ve scored some great goals in previous games so it’s about us doing our homework and training hard on the pitch while we’ve got the chance.
“As I said that clean sheet mentality and winning mentality has got to keep having that snowball effect and keep growing and growing and we’ll see where it takes us.”
Michael Jones3 July 2021 17:32
Ukraine can threaten England
The gulf between England and Ukraine is pretty big and on paper this should be England’s game to lose.
Ukraine are ranked 24th in the world, 20 places below England and they have beaten the Three Lions just once in seven attempts.
That victory coming in 2009 with a 1-0 win in World Cup qualifying.
Also only two of Ukraine’s team play in the Premier League with those being West Ham’s Andriy Yarmolenko and EuroJournal’s Oleksandr Zinchenko.
Depsite all this Gareth Southgate has warned his players not to underestimate their opponents. adding: “Ukraine have got a threat with their forwards and they have tremendous sprit. They showed that against Sweden.”
Michael Jones3 July 2021 17:23
Wladimir Klitschko backing Ukraine to beat England
Former boxing heavyweight champion and Ukrainian legend Wladimir Klitschko is hoping his country can do the business against England tonight and sent this message to the team ahead of the 8pm kick off.
Michael Jones3 July 2021 17:17
Denmark lead against Czech Republic
Denmark have taken an early lead in the quarter-final against Czech Republic. Thomas Delaney has the opener after just five minutes in the match at Baku.
Remember, the winner of this one will play England in the semi-finals if the Three Lions get there.
Follow all the match action right here:
Michael Jones3 July 2021 17:13
Relieved Spain beat Switzerland in quarter-final shootout as exhausted sides run out of entertainment
On the other side of the draw, Italy will face Spain in the semi-finals after the latter managed to squeeze past Switzerland via a penalty shootout yesterday afternoon.
Should England make it to the Euro 2020 final, I know, I know, we aren’t there yet, then they’ll face one of these European giants.
Here’s the story of Spain’s quarter-final triumph:
Michael Jones3 July 2021 17:10
Italy lean on rich heritage with time running out for Belgium’s golden generation
Yesterday in the Euros. Roberto Mancini’s Italy showcased their credentials with a blistering performance against Beligum.
Michael Jones3 July 2021 17:03
History making Ukraine facing tough game against England
In reaching the quarter-final stage of Euro 2020 Ukraine have already made history. This is the furthest they have ever got in a major tournament having also reached the quarter-finals of the 2006 World Cup.
Andriy Shevchenko led the team to that World Cup quarter-final as captain and now he’s brought them to the last eight in Euro 2020 as manager.
After qualifying for the knockoutstages as one of the top ranked third placed sides, Ukraine took part in a dramatic last 16 tie against Sweden where Artem Dovbyk scored in added time of extra time to set up a quarter-final with England.
“We are here and this was our chance to change the future and we did it,” said former Chelsea forward Shevchenko. “England are a great team, a lot of great players and a great manager. It will be a hard game for us.”
Michael Jones3 July 2021 16:57