The Three Lions boss believes it would have been a struggle to recreate the same atmosphere as the one seen in the victory over Germany
Gareth Southgate believes England will benefit from not playing their Euro 2020 quarter-final against Ukraine at Wembley.
The Three Lions will meet the team of Andriy Shevchenko at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome to fight for a semi-final on Saturday.
The match comes a few days after England beat Germany 2-0 at Wembley, where the semi-finals and final are all played.
What was said?
The draw against Ukraine will be the only match Southgate’s men will play in their home tournament, although he does not think it will hamper his team.
‘I think there was clearly a big emotional toll from the game [against Germany] and everyone enjoyed the day, but even in the locker room afterwards, the players were already talking about the next game and the need to prepare well, “he told reporters.
‘So we quickly shifted our focus to the next challenge. We have achieved one challenge, but it is not Everest that we have set ourselves. We want to continue from where we have come so far.
“I think psychological freshness is the key. Of course we also have a strong group. It’s probably a good thing for us to leave now. It would have been very difficult three days later to repeat that experience at Wembley. .
“Now we have a different kind of test. We have to leave the house, play a good team, without many English fans in the stadium, so it’s all about our group, it’s all about our team and what we do, and the energy and focus we create. ‘
Southgate warns of danger in Ukraine
Ukraine finishes third in Group C behind the Netherlands and Austria to reach the knockout round of Euro 2020.
Shevchenko’s team beat Sweden in the last 16 after extra time to draw a draw with the Three Lions and Southgate believe they will pose a real threat if his team are not careful.
“Ukraine is a good side. I was very impressed with what Andriy did with them,” he said.
‘They had some tough results during the autumn, through the Nations League, but they hit back and they had a very good result in France, in the World Cup qualifier and again this week against Sweden.
“If we give them play, they will play, and they have some dangerous forwards.”
Who will meet England or Ukraine in the next round?
The winner of the match in Rome will face Denmark or the Czech Republic in the last four of the tournament.
The two parties meet in Baku before England’s clash with Ukraine begins.