England vs Ukraine - Who should start for the English?


Shevchenko, Southgate, Yarmalenko and Sterling.
Image courtesy of Sky Sports.

Form guide (most recent first) -

Ukraine: WLWLWW

England: WWDWWW

What time is Englands game on Saturday?


England vs Ukraine kicks off at 8 pm BST.



As much as I like to stay impartial in these articles, everyone has opinions, so here is mine.

This article will be focusing on who I think should start for the England national football team against Ukraine in the Euro 2020 quarter-final this evening in Rome.

First of all, I will create a list below with the players who will be the first names on the teamsheet.

These players are guaranteed to start:

Jordan Pickford in goal.

Harry Maguire at centreback.

Harry Kane leading upfront.

Kalvin Phillips in cm.

(Bukayo Saka would be in the line-up unfortunately he picked up a knock against Germany and more than likely won't start)

My line-up.


Let me preface my choice by saying; there's no need to play two holding midfielders and three centrebacks against Ukraine.

Goalkeeper - Jordan Pickford

Right-back - Kyle Walker



Central defender - Harry Maquire

Central defender - John Stones

Left-back - Luke Shaw

CM - Kalvin Phillips

CM - Mason Mount



CAM - Jack Grealish

Right-winger - Jadon Sancho

Left-winger - Raheem Sterling

Striker - Harry Kane




Justification -

Ukraine doesn't offer the same threat a team like Germany do, with their key player's being Manchester City's Oleksandr Zinchenko and Shakhtar's Taras Stepanenko, and West Ham's Andriy Yarmolenko.

So as mentioned earlier, Gareth Southgate doesn't need to worry about having the extra cover with three at the back and two holding midfielders.



England Manager Gareth Southgate clapping at the English fans in Wembley Stadium
Courtesy of the York Press

The Sancho inclusion is more wishful thinking from me; since he has contributed over 108 goal contributions during the previous three seasons, he HAS to be a starter for the England National team.

Jack Grealish has been nothing short of incredible this season, so instead of being an impact player from the bench, he rightly deserves to be in the starting line-up. England needs as much creative flair and firepower on the pitch as possible to avoid another embarrassment similar to that Iceland game.

They still have the likes of Phil Foden, Jude Bellingham, and Marcus Rashford to make an impact if needed. The line-up may be different to the win over Germany since four of the team are one booking away from suspension, including Harry Maguire who has a ready-made replacement in Mings.


Thank you for reading and thank you for over 100 views on my articles already!!

Dan.


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