England v Ukraine; Euro 2012; Donbass Arena, Donetsk; Tuesday, June 19; KO: 1945
England need just a point against co-hosts Ukraine to secure a quarter-final berth at Euro 2012 tonight.
Three Lions’ manager Roy Hodgson has a pair of selection dilemmas ahead of the game after confirming Theo Walcott had successfully shrugged off a slight hamstring problem.
The Arsenal winger came off of the bench against Sweden last Friday and turned the match in England’s favour, scoring the equaliser and setting up Danny Welbeck for the winning goal.
Now Hodgson must decide if Walcott’s contribution was enough to earn him a place from the start against Ukraine, replacing James Milner on the right – the man he was substituted for on Friday.
The young Manchester United striker is one part of Hodgson’s other key decision, due to the return of Wayne Rooney from suspension.
Welbeck was paired with Andy Carroll from the start in the Sweden, the Liverpool striker opened the scoring with a thumping header, but it could be the United connection with Rooney that sees Welbeck get the nod.
Ukraine, meanwhile, have injury concerns over captain Andriy Shevchenko, who is struggling with a knee problem and has been classed as “50-50” to make the game by team doctor Leonid Myronov.
England only need a point to go through but will need to win by at least two goals if they want to finish top of the group.
Ukraine must win if they want to progress to the quarter-finals and the players know how much a win would mean to the population.
“It is the biggest game in the country's history. For us it is a very important game, not just for the whole team but for the whole country,” said striker Andriy Voronin