Euro 2012
Euro 2012

England and co-hosts Ukraine come face to face for their final Group D Euro 2012 fixture at the Donbass Arena. Ukraine have to win to qualify and stay alive in their home European Championship, while The Three Lions only need a draw to reach the last eight.


England will go into this match feeling a little relieved due to the return of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney and because they only need a draw to get through to reach the knock-out phase. Any ambitions England have of winning the group, depend on France's result against Sweden. Roy Hodgson's men must better any result in Kiev.

Rooney's return, apart from being a strong plus point for England, will hand coach Roy Hodgson a selection dilemma. Both Andy Carroll (Liverpool) and Danny Welbeck (Manchester United) scored in the win over Sweden on Friday and formed a decent partnership in attack.

While Carroll would unquestionably pose as a physical threat to the Ukrainian defence, Welbeck's pace, as well consistency throughout the season bodes well for his chances.

In addition, Hodgson has the option to drop both players and opt for Ashley Young (Manchester United) in behind Rooney; a similar system to the one they used against France when the former Aston Villa winger played second fiddle to Welbeck. Young is instead expected to move to the left to make way for his club teammate.

Although the Three Lions only need a point to make the quarter-finals of Euro 2012, they will be hoping for a win in order to avoid facing defending champions Spain in the last eight.

Ukraine on the other hand will be aware of their precarious position. Having beaten Sweden in their opening game, but fallen to France, only a win will do against England upon their return to Kiev.

Wingers Yevhen Konoplyanka and Andriy Yarmolenko found joy against Sweden, and both will looking to have a greater influence than against France, where their defence was nullified.

England, who have earned a reputation for being organised at the back, conceded twice from set pieces against Sweden, and the co-hosts will be looking to expose that deficiency once again.

The fitness of captain Andriy Shevchenko, who has suffered from a knee injury since the defeat to France, will be crucial to Ukraine's chances, with the forward's two goals against Sweden the only vague goal threat presented by Oleg Blokhin's side since the tournament began.

Team News and Tactics:

England welcome the return of United striker Wayne Rooney, who comes back after serving a two match suspension. Hodgson has confirmed Rooney will take his place against Ukraine, however the manager must choose between Welbeck and Carroll as to who will partner him in Donetsk.

Theo Walcott is expected to be fit in time after a hamstring scare, and is expected to take his place ahead of James Milner after his cameo from the substitute's bench against Sweden.

Shevchenko is a doubt for Ukraine after picking up a knee injury, but did train on Monday in the lead up to the game. Dynamo Kyiv's Artem Milevskiy or Shakhtar Donetsk's Marko Devic will deputise if the former AC Milan forward misses out.

Ukraine coach Blokhin is likely leave the midfield unchanged, with Anatoliy Tymoshchuk dropping deep, while Serhiy Nazarenko, Yevhen Konoplyanka and Andriy Yarmolenko assist in attack.


  • Although England need only a draw to register their place in the top eight, they must better France's result if they want to top the group.
  • Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, who scored the opening game against Sweden, has completed only 19 out of his 41 pass attempts, the lowest by any England player.
  • This game could well be the last international fixture for Ukraine captain Andriy Shevchenko, who is his teams' all time top scorer with 48 goals in 110 appearances.
  • The two teams have played a total of four games against each other previously, with England have won three and Ukraine one.

Probable Lineups:

England: Hart; Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole; Gerrard, Parker; Walcott, Rooney, Young; Welbeck

Ukraine: Pyatov; Husyev, Mikhalik, Khacheridi, Selin; Tymoshchuk; Yarmolenko, Nazarenko, Konoplyanka; Voronin, Shevchenko

Where to Watch Live:

You can follow the game live from 7:45 pm BST on ITV 1 and ITV 1 HD, as well as BBC Radio 5 live and the official UEFA Web site. You can also catch highlights on BBC One and the BBC Sport Web site.