England v Ukraine EURO 2012 Tickets Donbass Arena Donetsk


Andrei Shevchenko, Ukraine Captain

EURO 2012 England v Ukraine Update - England Cofident and Fit

England v Ukraine Tickets EURO 2012 19 Jun 2012 20:45 Donbass Arena Donetsk, Ukraine

Ukraine captain Andrei Shevchenko said his side will have to equal their play in their opening win over Sweden. Before last Friday's 2-0 defeat to France.

"We knew it was a very difficult game and the French played really well, especially in the second half. But we still have a chance," Shevchenko said.

"We know that if we can beat England we'll qualify for the knockout stage. But we'll have to play much better than we did against France if we want to beat England. They are definitely one of the most dangerous teams here.

"They had a good result against France and they beat Sweden, so they've had a great start. Home advantage helps us a lot."

England have earned a powerful lead - with four points from their opening two games without superstar striker, Wayne Rooney. Goals have been scored by Andy Carroll, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck suddenly giving Hodgson a range of options in attack.

Rooney has served his two game suspension and is set to start along with Danny Welbeck in today's exciting clash with Ukraine.

England will take the field determined to wrap up qualification for the Euro 2012 quarter-finals.

The 3-2 victory over Sweden on Friday has made both England players and their fans confident of scoring the point they need to clinch a place in the last eight at Donetsk's Donbass Arena - and moving on to win the Euro 2012 competition..

"Wayne's a quality player, a world-class player," said Roy Hodgson. "His ability is a bit special. You're lucky if you're a manager of a national team to have players of his quality available.

"Hopefully, he'll make life that bit easier for us going into the next game when we need another result."

Walcott was the decisive influence in Kiev after transforming a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 victory. The Arsenal winger scored the equaliser and he created the winner for Welbeck.

"We're getting used to playing away from home," Hodgson said. "We've already played in an away game, we have to prepare for another away game.

"That's what happens when you get drawn into a pool with the host nation you have to accept you're literally playing away from home."

Ukraine must win today to avoid elimination.


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