The wild Ukraine squad – from fearless hardman with broken nose to karaoke lover

Ukraine stand in the way of England's Euro 2020 bid as the two teams prepare to clash in Saturday's quarter-final.

Some of their players will be well to known to Premier League fans, such as Manchester City star Oleksandr Zinchenko and West Ham winger Andriy Yarmolenko.

And the manager is of course Ukraine legend Andriy Shevchenko – who scored 175 goals in 322 games for AC Milan before struggling to replicate the same form at Chelsea.

But many of the players set to face Gareth Southgate's side in Rome are relative unknowns, giving them an X-factor as they target a place in the semi-finals.

Here, Daily Star Sport gives you the lowdown on some of the stars who could be on show at the Stadio Olimpico – including a hardman who scrapped his face mask, a wannabe astronaut who loves karaoke, and a player whose wife bakes him a cake every time he scores.

Artem Dovbyk (FC Dnipro)

Artem Dovbyk became a national hero when he scored Ukraine's dramatic last-gasp winner against Sweden.

He then caused bemusement on Twitter when he whipped off his top to celebrate – revealing what appeared to be a crop-top-type vest.

Many fans thought it was a sports bra – but it was actually a state-of-the-art garment used to track statistics such as speed, acceleration, heart rate and distance covered.

Dovbryk was only called up to the squad due to injuries, but confidently stated: "If I get my chance, I'll definitely score."

England will hope the 24-year-old doesn't have any more surprises up his sleeves.

Taras Stepanenko (Shakhtar Donetsk)

Business mogul Stepanenko co-owns a hotel and restaurant with team-mate Kryvtsov, according to the Daily Mail.

And when it comes to being a midfield enforcer he's the Gordon Ramsey of the role, taking no prisoners with his no-nonsense approach.

In the past he has had a rivalry with West Ham's Andriy Yarmolenko, which dated back to a challenge from the winger which caused Stepanenko serious injury back in 2015.

The pair clashed the following year at the Shakhtar-Dynamo derby, with both men sent off after brawling on the pitch – but they are now apparently friends.

Ilya Zabarnyi (Dynamo Kiev)

Zabarnyi is only 18, but he's tough nut and has played every minute of Ukraine's Euro 2020 campaign so far.

The teenage centre-back, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea, was supposed to play in a face mask to protect a broken nose last season but tore it off after just a few minutes.

Zabarnyi was just four years old when boss Shevchenko played for Ukraine in the 2006 World Cup final.

Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City)

Three-time Premier League champion Oleksandr Zinchenko was Ukraine's man of the match in their 2-1 win over Sweden, scoring one and creating the late winner.

Playing in a more advanced role for Ukraine than he does for City, Zinchenko is an A-list star in his home country – as is his wife, stunning TV reporter Vlada.

Zinchenko caused a stir when he kissed Vlada during a TV interview, before it was revealed that they were in a relationship.

The City left-back proposed to Vlada in the national team's Kiev stadium – and she even slammed his boss Pep Guardiola following the team's Champions League loss to Lyon in 2020.

"Perhaps I have no right to say this, perhaps Zinchenko will forbid me. But to put it mildly, and in order not to swear, this is completely Guardiola's fault," she said on her YouTube channel.

Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham)

Ukraine's other Premier League star, Andriy Yarmolenko set up Zinchenko's opener against Sweden.

And the 31-year-old winger will be hoping to bag some more – as only boss Shevchenko has more goals for the national team.

Yarmolenko has scored 10 goals in 54 games for West Ham, but he has fired in a whopping 42 in 98 matches for Ukraine – with Shevchenko's record just six ahead on 48.

The Hammers ace grew up in poverty, with his mum explaining that he had to play with a homemade ball when he was a nipper.

"In the beginning he did not even have a proper ball, so had to play with a self-made one," she told Ukrainian outlet 19-27. "We were poor and real football was a luxury in those times."

Heorhiy Bushchan (Dynamo Kiev)

Cultured keeper Bushchan is a deep thinker who is married to a famous ballerina.

He enjoys reading the classics and believes his studious approach helps with his on-field decision-making.

England keeper Jordan Pickford listens to rave music – but it remains to be seen who will hit the right note in Rome.

Serhiy Kryvtsov (Shakhtar Donetsk)

The Joe Wicks of Ukraine, centre-back Kryvtsov gave online PE lessons for schoolchildren during lockdown.

After a hard day shackling strikers he loves to unwind by singing karaoke, and he has ambitions of flying into space as a tourist after hanging up his boots.

Ruslan Malinovskyi (Atalanta)

Ruslan Malinovskyi's wife Roksana bakes the attacking midfielder a cake every time he scores.

So she's certainly been busy, as he has netted 19 times for the Bergamo-based club over the past two seasons.

Two-footed and deadly from set pieces, the 28-year-old has starred in the Serie A club's recent rise to prominence.

Oleksandr Karavayev (Dynamo Kiev)

Karavayev has been something of a journeyman, playing for Shakhtar Donetsk, Sevastopol, Zorya Luhansk and Fenerbahce before joining Dynamo two years ago.

Karavayev played at right-back during the group games but was pushed forward as a wing-back for the win over Sweden.

He wanted to be a lawyer growing up – so Southgate will need to brief Luke Shaw or the defender could face a tough cross-examination down England's left.

Yevhenii Makarenko (Anderlecht)

Not one to waste away the day on the XBox, Makarenko put his time to good use during lockdown by teaching his social media followers how to make dumplings.

The versatile 30-year-old is primarily a defensive midfielder but can also play in a more advanced role or as a left-back.

Roman Yaremchuk (Gent)

Yaremchuk is the natural successor to Shevchenko as Ukraine's centre-forward, having idolised the Milan legend as a younngster.

At 6ft 3ins he is three inches taller than his manager, and will hope to cause the likes of Harry Maguire, John Stones and Kyle Walker problems.

Yaremchuk scored 23 times for Belgian side Gent last season and has been tipped for a big move this summer.

Mykola Matviyenko (Shakhtar Donetsk)

Football runs in the family for Matviyenko and his brother Dmytro, whose father also played professionally.

He's pals with Zinchenko, who is godfather to his daughter.

The centre-back can also play at left-back, had a 100% tackle success rate against Sweden, according to The Sun, and has been linked with a move to Arsenal.

Mykola Shaparenko (Dynamo Kiev)

Creative midfielder Shaparenko, 22, has been hailed as having a big future in the game since scoring in the Ukrainian Premier League aged 16.

But he has never forgotten his roots, and has a tattoo of himself as a boy on his leg to remind him of childhood struggles.

Serhiy Sydorchuk (Dynamo Kiev)

The Ukraine captain's idol growing up was Steven Gerrard – although he regrets not asking the Liverpool legend for an autograph after seeing him at a hotel.

At Christmas time, Sydorchuk has been known to don traditional Ukrainian grab and read religious poems to his social media following.

Viktor Tsyhankov (Dynamo Kiev)

Tsyhankov's dad was a goalkeeper, but the 23-year-old midfielder prefers it at the other end of the pitch after scoring 74 times in five seasons for Dynamo.

The Israeli-born winger is overcoming a series of injury problems.

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