What will England’s starting lineup look like against Ukraine? Use our interactive team selector to choose your team…
They face Ukraine in Poland in a Euro 2024 qualifier on Saturday 9 September before facing Scotland at Hampden Park three days later – to mark 150 years since the two teams faced each other for the first time.
England manager Gareth Southgate named Harry Maguire in his latest squad – despite the centre-back failing to start a league game for Manchester United this season – and also stuck with Jordan Henderson after the 33-year-old completed his move from Liverpool to Saudi Arabia. agreement team.
Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah and Chelsea defender Levi Colwell have both earned their first call-ups.
England favourite, Raheem Sterling, has also been omitted, with Southgate revealing the Chelsea striker wasn’t “particularly happy about that”. Newcastle goalkeeper Nick Pope also lost his place after Crystal Palace goalkeeper Sam Johnstone was given the nod by key players Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was included as a midfielder but pulled out of the squad with a hamstring injury, while striker Jack Grealish also pulled out with a groin strain.
England squad for September
- Goalkeepers: Sam Johnston (Crystal Palace), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Aaron Ramsdale (Arsenal).
- Defenders: Louis Dunk (Brighton), Mark Guehi (Crystal Palace), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Levi Colwell (Chelsea), Fikayo Tomori (Milan), Kieran Trippier (Newcastle), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ben Chilwell . (Chelsea).
- Midfielders: Judd Bellingham (Real Madrid), Ibereche Eze (Crystal Palace), Conor Gallagher (Chelsea), Jordan Henderson (Ettifaq), James Maddison (Tottenham), Calvin Phillips (Manchester City), Declan Rice (Arsenal).
- Attack: Phil Foden (Manchester City), Harry Kane (Bayern Munich), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Callum Wilson (Newcastle), Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal).
So, what would the England line-up look like? Use our interactive selection tool to choose your team and share it on Twitter @skyfootball.
England will have to go into the match with great experience in the sweltering Wroclaw atmosphere
Sky Sports chief correspondent Rob Dorsett:
With the devastation continuing in their homeland, Saturday’s Euro qualifier is the closest Ukraine will get to a home game. And with all the extra emotion surrounding the game, the England players are likely to feel they are facing an entire nation, rather than just 11 players on the field.
Since the war began more than 18 months ago, 6.2 million Ukrainians have had to leave the country, and Poland – the venue for the match against England – has been the most receptive neighbour.
More than three million displaced people have crossed western borders to escape terror, bringing the total number of Ukrainian people in Poland to more than 4.5 million, according to UN figures.
The match against England is close to selling out, meaning there are likely to be more than 40,000 ‘home’ fans inside Wroclaw’s stadium on Saturday night.
These fans have more than a European Championship qualifier to unite and motivate them, and the way the England players deal with the inevitable outpouring of national pride on and off the pitch may be key to their success. or something else.
This makes this match much more difficult than usual for Gareth Southgate and his team. Italy away from home has always been the toughest of the qualifiers: this is the second by a narrow margin.