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Southgate is happy to face Ukraine in Rome

Fri 02 July 2021 | 17:36

England boss says it is good thing that they will play their next game in Rome.

Gareth Southgate’s

men, who have been unbeaten in the Euro 2020, will play their first away game in the tournament against

Ukraine

at Stadio Olimpico in Roma, and it will be the only game they play in a stadium other than Wembley even if they reach the final, and their manager thinks that the trip to Rome will be a good thing for his side.

"I think there was clearly a big emotional toll from the game and everybody enjoyed the day but, even in the dressing room afterwards, the players were already talking about the next game and the need to prepare well,"

Southgate said

.

"So we have shifted the mindset quickly onto that next challenge.

"We've achieved one challenge but that's not the Everest we set ourselves, really. We want to push on from where we've got to now.

"I think the psychological freshness is key. We've obviously got a strong squad as well.

"It's actually, for us, probably a good thing to be going away now. It would've been very hard, three days later, to replicate that experience at Wembley.

"So now we've got a different sort of test.

"We've got to go away from home, 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 that we create”

The

three lions

who will fly to Italy to play against Ukraine are the favorites to progress to the semi-finals, and the fans are hoping that this team can end their long wait for a major trophy.


source: SportMob

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