Euro 2020: Gareth Southgate believes England’s trip to the quarter-finals to Rome to face Ukraine could benefit his team

Euro 2020: Gareth Southgate believes England’s trip to the quarter-finals to Rome to face Ukraine could benefit his team

Gareth Southgate believes England’s debut road trip to Euro 2020 could be a help rather than an obstacle as they head to Rome for the quarter-final against Ukraine following the emotional victory of Germany.

After dominating undefeated Group D, England achieved a gigantic result in the Round of 16 as goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane ensured a 2-0 triumph at Wembley.

Tuesday’s victory raised hopes and expectations that this could finally be the year England will add to the 1966 World Cup triumph, when Sir Alf Ramsey’s side made their six appearances at the national stadium.

Southgate’s men would play all but one at Wembley if they reached the Euro 2020 final, with Saturday’s quarter-final against Ukraine at Stadio Olimpico being the only game they would play away from home.

Logistical headaches and hot weather are replacing the comforts of home and a partisan crowd, but the England boss believes it could provide the kind of shock they need following Germany’s triumph.


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“I think the game clearly had a great emotional impact and everyone enjoyed the day, but even in the locker room afterwards the players were already talking about the next game and the need to prepare well,” he said. Southgate said.

“So we quickly changed our mindset for this next challenge.


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“We managed a challenge, but it’s not really Everest that we set for ourselves. We want to continue where we are now.

“I think psychological freshness is the key. We obviously also have a strong team.

“It’s actually probably a good thing for us to leave now. It would have been very difficult, three days later, to reproduce this experience at Wembley.

“So now we have a different kind of test.

“We have to go away from home, play a good team, without a lot of English fans in the stadium, so everything revolves around our squad, everything revolves around our team and what we do, and energy. and the focus we create. “

The 26 players trained at St George’s Park ahead of Friday afternoon’s flight to Italy, where they crush the favorites to advance to the semi-finals.

Ukraine scored a game-winning overtime goal against Sweden in the round of 16 and Southgate is an admirer of their accomplishments.

Ukraine are 24th in the FIFA World Ranking – 20 places behind England – and advanced to the round of 16 as the third-luckiest team.

Andriy Shevchenko’s men beat Sweden to 10 2-1 in overtime on Tuesday and Southgate is set for a tough night.

“I think we know Ukraine are a good team,” he told UEFA. “I was really impressed with what Andriy did with them.

“They had some sticky results throughout the fall, via the Nations League, but they bounced back and they got a really good result in France, in the World Cup qualifiers and, again, this week against Sweden.

“So if we give them space to play, they will play and they have dangerous attackers. “


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