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Gareth Southgate expresses sympathy for Ukraine ahead of crucial Euro qualifier



England looking to take major step towards Euro 2020 finals

England’s Gareth Southgate expressed his “huge sympathy” for Ukraine ahead of their crucial European Championship qualifier at Wembley. England are hoping to take a major step towards the Euro 2020 finals after kicking off Group C with an impressive 2-1 victory at reigning champions Italy. The Three Lions will play in front of a sell-out crowd under the arch.

Ukraine’s first match in this qualification campaign

This match against Ukraine is the first match in their qualification campaign, as the country is still in a war situation with Russia since February last year. Southgate comments that Ukraine’s opposition is entirely predictable, they are a proud group of players committed to bringing enjoyment to their public. However, England are fully focused on trying to win the game.

Expected to gain maximum points

England is expected to get maximum points against North Macedonia and Malta, meaning progress may be all but secured when September’s reverse fixture against Ukraine comes around. This match against Ukraine, ranked 26th in the world, is expected to be the hardest match in the group.

Depleted squad for England

England is heading into the qualifier with a depleted squad. Marcus Rashford, Mason Mount and Nick Pope withdrew from the initial selection, with Reece James being pulled out of the squad on Saturday. Luke Shaw trained with the group, but is suspended following his sending-off for two yellow cards in Italy.

Special presentation for Harry Kane

A special presentation will be made to skipper Harry Kane on Sunday after he scored his 54th international goal in Italy to become England’s all-time record scorer. Brentford striker Ivan Toney will be hoping for a memorable moment of his own against Ukraine as the only uncapped member of the group looks to make his debut.



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