Southgate issues rallying cry to England squad ahead of Ukraine clash

‘We haven’t conquered Everest yet’: Gareth Southgate issues rallying cry to his England stars ahead of Ukraine quarter-final but he’s likely to be without Bukayo Saka… meaning Jadon Sanch could get a first Euros start

  • England face Ukraine in Saturday night’s Euro 2020 quarter-final in Rome 
  • Gareth Southgate has demanded that his England squad start to reach their peak
  • Southgate is set to hand Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount starts for the clash
  • Bukayo Saka is a doubt for the quarter-final due to a knock in training on Friday
  • Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here

Gareth Southgate has warned his England players ahead of Saturday night’s crunch Euro 2020 quarter-final against Ukraine, saying: ‘We haven’t conquered Everest yet.’

England head into the clash in Rome on the crest of a wave after a euphoric victory over old foes Germany on Tuesday.

Southgate, who is set to revert to a four-man defence after using a back three against Germany, is likely to be without Bukayo Saka for Saturday’s clash due to a knock in training.

Gareth Southgate has issued a warning to his England stars before their clash with Ukraine 

Southgate is set to start Jadon Sancho (left) and Mason Mount for Saturday’s quarter-final

It opens the door to Jadon Sancho to make his first start of the tournament, just two days after completing his move to Manchester United. Chelsea’s Mason Mount is almost certain to start.

England are favourites to reach the semi-final but Southgate has warned his squad not to get ahead of themselves.

‘We have achieved one challenge but that’s not the Everest that we set ourselves — we want to push on,’ said the England manager.

England are likely to be without Bukayo Saka for Saturday’s clash due to a knock in training 

‘I don’t think there is a danger of losing sight of that, although the game the other night was fantastic.

‘We have moved on from Germany quickly. The mindset has now got to be about Saturday.

‘There’ s not a consideration in our heads beyond making sure we’re prepared for Ukraine.’

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