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Ukraine should not fear England in Euros quarter-final clash, says Andriy Shevchenko

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Ukraine head coach Andriy Shevchenko insists his side will not fear England in their Euro 2020 quarter-final clash in Rome this weekend.

The two sides will go head to head for a place in the last four at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday night after England toppled old rivals Germany 2-0 at Wembley in the last 16 courtesy of second-half goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane.

That was followed by a gruelling clash between Ukraine and Sweden in Glasgow, with Artem Dovbyk’s last-gasp goal in extra-time eventually settling the tie at Hampden Park after Oleksandr Zinchenko’s earlier effort had been cancelled out by Emil Forsberg.

England will head to Rome - their first game away from Wembley at this tournament - as heavy favourites to overcome Ukraine and return back to London for the semi-finals, where either the Czech Republic or Denmark will lie in wait.

However, while former Chelsea striker Shevchenko is fully aware of the scale of the task facing his side next, he insists they will not be intimidated after reaching the quarter-finals of a major tournament for only the second time.

“England are a great team, they have a deep bench, an outstanding coaching staff and we are fully aware how tough this game is going to be," Shevchenko told reporters after the win over Sweden.

"I saw all their three group matches, not today's win over Germany because we had to prepare for our own game with Sweden. They are incredibly difficult to score against but their strength shouldn't scare us.

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"It should motivate us because everything is possible in football as in life and we will play our hearts out to give our fans even more to cheer about."

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