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FT England 1 – 0 Ukraine

FT England 1 – 0 Ukraine

England play their usual 4-4-2 with Rooney in a withdrawn role behind Welbeck, infront of a midfield in which Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker will provide the heartbeat, bookended by Ashley Young and James Milner on the left and right.

Expect the Ukraine to line up in a 4-3-1-2, with Anatoliy Tymoschuk in a defensive midfield role, with Yevhen Konoplyanka and Andriy Yarmolenko further up the field to his left and right. Denys Garmash will play in the hole behind a front two of Artem Milevskiy and Marko Devic.

At 47′, Rooney heads home at the far post from about two inches out after great work by Steven Gerrard and a howler from Ukraine keeper Andriy Pyatov. 1-0 for England.

England have seen off Ukraine, with Wayne Rooney nodding home the only goal of the game. England will play Italy in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals. Curiously, my pre-tournament Guardian prediction was that England would be eliminated in the quarter-finals, by Italy … on penalties.

 

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