England vs Ukraine match preview: Team news, head-to-head, lineups, and predictions

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GOAL previews the EURO 2024 qualifier between England and Ukraine, with team news, predictions, head to head record, key players

England will be looking to make it two wins in a row at the EURO 2024 qualifiers as they take on Ukraine on Sunday.

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Gareth Southgate's team beat reigning European champions Italy in their qualification opener. Declan Rice opened the scoring before Harry Kane broke Wayne Rooney's record to become England's all-time top scorer. They will be confident of getting three points against Ukraine although the visitors have not been easy to beat in the past.

Ukraine last played a game in September 2022 as they had missed out on a trip to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup. They have caused England trouble when the two teams met several years ago and will be hoping to take points off the Three Lions on Sunday.

GOAL previews the EURO 2024 qualifier between England and Ukraine, with team news, predictions, head-to-head record, key battles and much more below.

  1. Team analysis

    Team analysis

    England team news

    England predicted XI

    Pickford; James, Stones, Maguire, Chilwell; Henderson, Phillips, Rice; Saka, Kane, Foden.

    Recent form

    England registered a confidence-boosting comeback victory against defending champions Italy in their previous outing. It was a much-needed win for Southgate after the team's World Cup 2022 heartbreak.

    Key players

    Kane wrote his name into the history books by becoming his country's all-time leading goalscorer, surpassing Rooney's tally of 53 goals. He has been excellent for his club Tottenham as well, with 21 goals this season. Ukraine's defence will need to stop Kane if they are to get something out of this fixture.

    Injuries & suspensions

    Marcus Rashford, Mason Mount and Nick Pope had pulled out from the England camp due to injuries and will play no part against Ukraine.

    Luke Shaw was shown a red card in the game against Italy and will miss the game on Sunday. Jude Bellingham will also need to be assessed on matchday.

    Tactical approach

    With plenty of attacking talent at his disposal and confidence from their win over Italy, England will once again be expected to be dominant against Ukraine and bag a comfortable win.

    Goalkeepers:Jordan Pickford, Aaron Ramsdale
    Defenders:Ben Chilwell, Eric Dier, Marc Guehi, Reece James, Harry Maguire, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker
    Midfielders:Jude Bellingham, Conor Gallagher, Jordan Henderson, James Maddison, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice
    Forwards:Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, Harry Kane, Bukayo Saka, Ivan Toney


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    Ukraine team news

    Ukraine predicted XI

    Lunin; Konoplya, Matvienko, Popov, Mykolenko; Malinovskyi, Stepanenko, Zinchenko; Tsygankov, Dovbyk, Mudryk

    Recent form

    Ukraine failed to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar. However, they lost only twice in their last 16 outings since 2021. They finished second in their UEFA Nations League group and will be confident of getting a result at the Wembley Stadium.

    Key players

    Chelsea's £89m man Mykhailo Mudryk will have the opportunity to be in the limelight in his first game for the country since his Premier League move. He has failed to get going with the Blues but this would be a chance to show what he's capable of.

    Injuries & suspensions

    For Ukraine, Bournemouth centre-back Ilya Zabarnyi will be unavailable for selection alongside midfielder Oleksandr Zubkov as they are both out injured.

    Former West Ham man Andriy Yarmolenko is also out with an injury.

    Tactical approach

    Ukraine will aim to be solid at the back against a potentially dominant English side. They will want to use pace up front to cause issues in the final third via counter-attacks. In their own half, the defence needs to mark the in-form Harry Kane out of the game.

    Goalkeepers:Andriy Lunin, Anatoly Trubin, Dmytro Riznyk
    Defenders:Oleksandr Karavaev, Mykola Matvienko, Yukhym Konoplia, Vitaly Mykolenko, Ilya Zabarny, Eduard Sobol, Oleksandr Svatok, Eduard Sarapiy
    Midfielders:Taras Stepanenko, Oleksandr Zubkov, Georgy Sudakov, Artem Bondarenko, Serhii Sydorchuk, Vitaly Buyalskyi, Oleksandr Pikhalyonok, Andriy Yarmolenko, Ruslan Malinovskyi, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Viktor Tsygankov, Mykhailo Mudryk, Evgeny Konoplyanka
    Forwards:Roman Yaremchuk, Artem Dovbyk
  2. England vs Ukraine match preview

    England vs Ukraine match preview

    Venue, date & kick-off time

    The Euro 2024 qualifier between England and Ukraine will be played at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday, March 26. The game is scheduled to kick off at 5pm BST (1pm EDT).

    Match predictions & expected outcome

    England will be high on confidence heading into the game after their win over Italy. However, Ukraine has managed to hold the Three Lions to a draw twice in the last five meetings between the two teams. England's confidence and superior squad should take them across the finish line in this one.

    Key battles to watch out for

    We could get to see two Chelsea stars battle it out on one side of the pitch if James and Mudryk are featured. Mudryk has a point to prove at the global level at this point in his career and James is a difficult full-back to get past for any tricky winger.

    Potential game changers

    With 54 goals for England, Harry Kane is in terrific form for club and country. He only needs to see a small gap in defence to grab a goal and change the game. Ukraine's centre-backs will be on high alert against the Tottenham striker throughout the game.

  3. Our final thoughts on the match
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    Our final thoughts on the match

    • England have failed to win against Italy twice in their last five fixtures.
    • Kane will be high in confidence after breaking the all-time scoring record for England
    • Ukraine has had some success against England in the past and will look to start 2023 with a big result.
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