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What time is the England game tonight? Kick-off time vs Ukraine, how to watch on TV and when coverage starts

The i 7/3/2021 David Hughes

It might be too early to say football is definitely coming home, but it will certainly take a decisive step on its journey if England beat Ukraine on Saturday to book a place in the Euro 2020 semi-finals.

Gareth Southgate’s team earned their spot in the quarter-finals with a clinical 2-0 victory against Germany on Tuesday, thanks to second-half goals from the in-form Raheem Sterling and captain Harry Kane.

Their opponents, coached by Ukraine legend Andriy Shevchenko, progressed from the last-16 stage with a dramatic goal in the last minute of extra-time to dispatch Sweden 2-1.

England go into the match as undoubted favourites, and should even have a strong chance of making the final from the weaker half of the draw – here’s how to watch the clash.

What time is the England game?

England’s quarter-final clash with Ukraine kicks off at 8.00pm (UK time) on Saturday 2 July at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

It’s being broadcast live on BBC One, with TV coverage starting at 7.00pm.

You can a live stream online through BBC iPlayer here, while there will be highlights on ITV at 10.45pm on Saturday night.

Who will England play if they beat Ukraine?

If England edge out Ukraine, they will then face either the Czech Republic (who beat Netherlands 2-0 in the last 16), or Denmark (who trounced Wales 4-0) in the semi-finals.

And if they make it all the way to the final, they will face one of the four quarter-finalists in the formidable other half of the draw: Belgium, Italy, Spain or Switzerland.

Harry Kane, Andriy Yarmolenko are posing for a picture: England are favourites against Ukraine, but their opponents cannot be underestimated (Photo: AFP./Getty Images) © Provided by The i England are favourites against Ukraine, but their opponents cannot be underestimated (Photo: AFP./Getty Images)

Who will be in England’s starting line-up?

England’s clash with Germany began with Southgate facing derision for tactical negativity, and ended with the manager being hailed as a genius.

Had his side been outplayed by their opponents, his cautious approach – with Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling and Bukayo Saka offering most of the attacking threat – would have been pilloried.

However, Southgate was vindicated in leaving some of his most exciting talent on the bench, while the introduction of Jack Grealish paid dividends, with the Aston Villa star having a hand in both goals.

Despite this, supporters may be less enthused by the prospect of a similarly defensive line-up against Ukraine, given their limitations.

After playing a back three on Tuesday the manager is likely to revert to a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1 formation in the quarter-final with a creative player taking the place of one of the full-backs, likely to be either Kyle Walker or Kieran Trippier.

Grealish would be a popular choice to start, while Phil Foden could also be in with a shout, despite his impact on the tournament so far being minimal, while Saka has impressed.

But of all the gifted, technical midfielders at Southgate’s disposal, it is perhaps Mason Mount who has the best chance of returning to the starting line-up.

He started in England’s first two games before being required to self-isolate before the third, returning to training just a day before the Germany clash.

The Chelsea playmaker has emerged as an increasingly prominent player for club and country over the past 12 months and combines silky touches and smooth passes with relentless energy and positional discipline. It is those qualities that could see him selected over Grealish and Foden in Rome.

a man playing a game of football: Jack Grealish’s impact off the bench during the tournament has led to clamour for him to start (Photo: Getty Images) © Provided by The i Jack Grealish’s impact off the bench during the tournament has led to clamour for him to start (Photo: Getty Images)

What can England expect from Ukraine?

There were tears all around as Ukraine battled to a dramatic, last-gasp win over Sweden to book their historic quarter-final clash.

While it’s true that England could not have wished for a much more favourable quarter-final opponent at a major tournament, they must be wary of an admirable togetherness and unbreakable spirit, with a tactical trick or two thrown in.

The majority of the current Ukraine squad play their club football back home, and have experienced much turmoil as a result of ongoing hostilities with Russia.

However, this has created a communion with one another that can take decades to forge, and this summer’s unexpected success means everything to them.

As a result of knowing every cog in his well-organised machine meticulously, Shevchenko has shifted his formation around in each of Ukraine’s four matches at Euro 2020 – he deployed a 3-5-2 against Sweden, a switch that caused plenty of problems.

Ukraine’s key players

Oleksandr Zinchenko

The heart of the Ukraine team, who can pretty much play in every position. Passion oozes out of him.

Andriy Yarmolenko

Ukraine’s Miroslav Klose. An Average Joe for West Ham, Yarmalenko turns into a different beast when he dons the Ukrainian yellow.

Ruslan Malinovskiy

Like Southgate does with Jack Grealish, Ruslan Malinovskiy has become Shevchenko’s weapon in reserve. Energy, intelligence and major goal threat.


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