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          Ukraine vs England Preview, Tips & Stats

          England travel to the Stadion Miejski Wroclaw to take on Ukraine in their fifth match of the UEFA Euro Qualifiers. The two sides sit in the Qualification spots in their group, with a win either consolidating England’s lead or strengthening the gap between Ukraine and those below them.

          Ukraine occupies the second spot in Group C with six points. In three games, Ukraine have two wins and one loss. This leaves them six points adrift of England but three points ahead of Italy, though the Italians do have a game in hand on Ukraine.

          Ukraine’s first outing was against this week's opponents back in March. Kane and Saka both scored in the 2 - 0 loss for Ukraine. The second away trip of the Qualifiers came against North Macedonia. Though North Macedonia raced into a 2 - 0 lead through a Enis Bardhi penalty and a goal from Elif Elmas in the first half, Ukraine responded in the second half. Illia Zabarnyi and Yukhym Konoplya both scored before Visar Musliu was shown a red for North Macedonia. Viktor Tsyhankov completed the 3 - 2 comeback with his goal in the 83rd minute. The last Qualifier action for Ukraine was a home tie against Malta. Tsyhankov scored the only goal of the game as he converted his penalty in the 72nd minute for the 1 - 0 win.

          Between all of the qualifying action, Ukraine faced Germany in an international friendly. Ukraine took a 2 - 1 lead going into halftime despite Niclas Fulkrug scoring for Germany first as Tsyhankov scored and Antonio Rudiger found the back of his own net. Tsyhankov scored again to give Ukraine the 3 - 1 lead but a late goal from Kai Havertz and an even later penalty from Joshua Kimmich meant the game finished 3 - 3.

          The Three Lions sit top of Group C with 12 points from four games. With four wins, England are unbeaten in the group and have scored 15 goals and have only conceded once, giving Gareth Southgate’s side the best goal difference in the group.

          England’s first outing in their Qualifying campaign was a trip to Euro winners Italy. The Three Lions got their revenge for the loss in the Final with Declan Rice scoring and Kane converting a penalty in the first half. Mateo Retegui did score for Italy and Luke Shaw was shown a red late on, England persisted to a 2 - 1 win. Next was the home fixture of this tie. Kane scored once again this time with Saka as England beat Ukraine 2 - 0. An own goal from Ferdinando Apap and goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kane and a penalty from Callum Wilson gave England the 4 - 0 win over Malta.

          The last time out for England was a visit from North Macedonia. Marcus Rashford and Kalvin Phillips scored as Kane bagged a brace and Saka grabbed his first England hattrick in the 7 - 0 demolition of North Macedonia.

          Ukraine and England have met just nine times, the first coming in 2000. England have the upper hand with six wins in comparison to Ukraine's one win, with the other two meetings ending in draws.

          Ukraine Team News

          Ukraine head coach Serhiy Rebrov usually prefers a 4 - 4 - 2 formation, a formation he is likely to employ against England. Good news for Rebrov is the fact that Arsenal’s Oleksandr Zinchenko is back from his injury and after a good stint with the U21 team, Chelsea’s Mykhailo Mudryk will be back with the senior side.

          England Team News

          Southgate has a mixture of new faces and the usual suspects for England this international break. Levi Colwill is given the chance after starting the season with Chelsea and despite his move to Al-Ettifaq, Jordan Henderson is given the call up in the midfield. Kane is still in the squad after his move away from the Premier League and Harry Maguire retains his England spot even with low minutes for Manchester United this season.