Zinchenko picks out ‘amazing’ England star Ukraine need to ‘stop’

Date published: Wednesday 30th June 2021 10:15 - Lewis Oldham

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Ukraine and Manchester City star Oleksandr Zinchenko has named one England star his side need to “stop” on Saturday in Rome.

Both England and Ukraine booked their place in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals on Tuesday. Gareth Southgate’s men did so by beating Germany at Wembley. 

The Three Lions were the better side over the 90 minutes and late goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane secured them a famous victory. 

There’s a lot of f***ing swearing about England

Ukraine faced Sweden later in the evening at Hampden Park. That game finished 1-1 after 90 minutes with Zinchenko and Andriy Yarmolenko getting on the scoresheet.

Marcus Danielson was sent off for Sweden in extra time before Artem Dovbyk netted the winner for Ukraine in the 121st-minute. 

After that win, Zinchenko told reporters (as cited by The Evening Standard) that Raheem Sterling is one of the “best wingers in the world” right now:

“It is really difficult to score against England, they are really well organised,” said Zinchenko.

“They have a really good set of footballers and the substitute bench probably costs [the same] as three Ukrainian teams.

“This shouldn’t be really scary for us, this should motivate us. We need to give ourselves the highest aims, the highest goals, and I am sure that the coaching team will get the strategy for us.

“I sense myself that everything is possible in this life and we will do everything we can for it.

“I’ve watched pretty much all the games that England have played, except today because we were getting ready for our game.

“The first thing that I noticed is I know quite a lot of those players personally because I see them in the Premier League.

“Raheem Sterling is one of the best wingers in the world. Right now he is in amazing form.

“He is great, he makes the difference. We obviously need to pay attention to him and we will need to try to somehow stop him because he’s on a roll now.

“Who is the strongest opponent that I have ever played? I have said several times that it’s the footballers from Manchester City, those that I see every day at training.”

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