After beating historic rivals Germany in the round of 16, it seems easier for England to play against Ukraine.
It turns out, however, that Saturday’s quarter-finals at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome could be England’s toughest test of the European Championship. That’s because it’s the only Euro 2020 game England has to play outside the friendly boundaries of Wembley Stadium.
With AC Milan trained head coach Andriy Shevchenko and Mauro Tassotti as his assistant, expect an old-fashioned Italian “catenaccio” (lockdown defense) and counterattack from Ukraine to tackle England’s front.
With that in mind, we asked our writers to choose who they would like to see against the Ukrainians, especially considering that four England national team players have yellow cards.
Gareth Southgate has some big calls to make. Harry Maguire has a yellow card but – also – playing on Tuesday, Saturday and then (hopefully) in the semi-finals on Wednesday could be difficult as he’s only just recovered from his injury. Kalvin Phillips is also on a caution and has been playing every minute so he might share the burden with Declan Rice (also on yellow). If Kieran Trippier’s hamstring is tight, he should be rested. Phil Foden also likes yellow. Mason Mount = when Trippier and Foden are not playing – is required for set pieces.