England Lock Horns With Ukraine
Following the hard fought and narrow 3–2 victory against Sweden at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev last Friday, The Three Lions are now second in Group D. Next up for Roy Hodgson´s revitalised England team are co-hosts Ukraine who they prepare to meet at the 50,000 capacity Donbass Arena Stadium in Donetsk this Tuesday night.
The showdown between England and Sweden certainly lived up to its billing as one of the most anticipated and eagerly awaited matches in the group stages of the tournament. And although England had never previously managed to defeat The Sweden National Football Team in an international competition, they were nonetheless strong favourites to emerge victorious from the crucial Group D clash. After taking the lead in the first period with a header from Andy Carroll, the England defence gifted the opposition two goals shortly after resumption. But in a moment of divine inspiration and insight, Roy Hodgson turned the game around by bringing on Theo Walcott when The Three Lions were on their knees and needed lifting. Not willing to give in, England changed gear and their efforts were inevitably rewarded when the Emirates Stadium favourite netted his side’s second goal after 64 minutes of play. The game was eventually sealed in the 78th minute when Danny Welbeck flicked the ball into the back of net from close range to give England the win. Roy Hodgson: “Against Ukraine, a player like Wayne Rooney can make a major difference and I am delighted to welcome him back. If I did leave him out, all hell might break loose in the dressing room. I am happy that a positive result, draw or win, would see us through the group. I would be more than satisfied with that. There are no easy pickings for us. Our goal has to be that we do not slip from these standards and, hopefully, the addition of a player of Wayne Rooney’s class will take some pressure off the defenders.”