England team fly to Rome today ahead of Euro 2020 quarter-final against Ukraine

England team fly to Rome today ahead of Euro 2020 quarter-final against Ukraine

The England side will fly to Rome later today, as they step up preparations for the quarter-final match against Ukraine on Saturday.

This will be the tournament team’s first experience on foreign soil, having played their previous four Euro 2020 matches at Wembley.

The squad has so far been backed by a loud and boisterous crowd, which has seen England win three games and draw them on their way to the last eight.

Raheem Sterling has been England’s best player, scoring three goals in four games

However, UK-based fans will have to watch from home as they will not be allowed to support England at Stadio Olimpico if they travel to italy.

The country is on the UK’s Orange Travel List and the Italian Embassy in London said on Thursday that “anyone who has been in the UK in the previous 14 days, regardless of nationality or residence , will not be allowed in the stadium, even if she has a ticket ”.

Ukrainian fans will also not be able to travel to Italy, as non-essential travel from the country is banned due to coronavirus restrictions.

The England and Ukraine teams, as well as other accredited UEFA competition staff, enjoy exemptions from quarantine restrictions upon arrival in Italy and other host cities, as they operate within a “bubble”, perform regular tests and therefore do not have to isolate themselves.

The team will have a light training session before their flight to Rome and return to London after the match.

Manager Gareth Southgate was in a good mood ahead of the game

An English fan who will be watching in Rome said he would “go the extra mile to raise the noise”.

Joel Phillips, 29, is from Doncaster but lives in Germany which means he can travel to Rome to cheer on the team.

He said: “I heard the English fans can’t get over it so I took a look at the UEFA website and they had tickets available so I just checked out. buy one immediately and work on the rest as I go. “

If England win on Saturday, they will face Denmark or the Czech Republic in the semi-finals at Wembley on July 7.

Jack Grealish (center) hopes to start after impressing on the bench against Germany

And goalkeeper Jordan Pickford said on Thursday there was added motivation to beat Ukraine in Rome so the team could return to Wembley to play in front of 60,000 fans.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the match, he said: “We have to create our own atmosphere in Rome, which we are capable of doing.

“The fans were great the other night and throughout the group stages, so I think that gives us extra motivation for the game, to get back to a semi-final with 60,000 fans. “

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Thousands of fans watched England’s historic win over Germany on Tuesday

Pickford has been one of England’s most notable players in the tournament so far, making some big saves in the victory in the round of 16 against Germany.

The Everton goalkeeper praised his teammates for helping him keep four sheets clean, while saying the team’s goalkeeper save has been excellent.

“For me that’s great, and it’s really good, but it’s not just me, it’s the 11’s in full and everyone is working really hard to keep those sheets clean,” he said. he declares.

“We work hard every day. You have to be on your game, not take shortcuts. We work hard and share the load and get the best out of each other. “

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Arsenal youngster Bukayo Saka, who has done well in both starts, has also impressed England.

The 19-year-old hopes to start on Saturday, but speaking on the England Football podcast on Thursday, his team-mate Luke Shaw said the teenager also played a vital role off the pitch.

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Rome’s Stadio Olimpico will host their final match of the tournament, with both semi-finals and the final taking place at Wembley

“You could ask anyone on the team and they would say how nice he is, honestly,” Shaw said.

“I didn’t know him before I came to the camp and I didn’t know what he would look like but I get along so well with him, I would like him to be my brother.

“He’s so cool, so funny and he makes everyone laugh and he doesn’t mean it. “

England’s match against Ukraine kicks off on Saturday at 8 p.m. and both sides will know their potential opponents in the semi-finals with the Denmark-Czech Republic game starting at 5 p.m.


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