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Y. Konoplyanka
T. Stepanenko
C. Gallagher
J. Bellingham
R. Malinovskyi
Yellow Card
B. Saka
J. Henderson
2 - 0
H. Kane
B. Saka
1 - 0

Match Stats

57% 42%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 8 0
Total Passes 592 445
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 England ENG England 2 2 0 0 4 1 +3 6 W W
2 Italy ITA Italy 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1 3 W L
3 North Macedonia MKD North Macedonia 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 3 W
4 Ukraine UKR Ukraine 1 0 0 1 0 2 -2 0 L
5 Malta MLT Malta 2 0 0 2 1 4 -3 0 L L


Final Tournament


Thanks for joining us for live coverage of England's 2-0 win over Ukraine in a European Championships qualifier at Wembley Stadium.
That victory makes it two wins from two games in Group C to put Southgate's men in a great position to kick on and qualify for the tournament in Germany next year. His players will return to their clubs for the rest of the domestic season, but they will be back on international duty in June for another pair of qualifiers, away at Malta and then at home to North Macedonia. For Ukraine, there is still plenty of time for them to get their campaign back on track and seal their place at Euro 2024. Their next match will be a trip to North Macedonia on June 16.
The referee blows the final whistle, bringing to an end a thoroughly professional performance from England as they run out comfortable 2-0 winners at Wembley. It looked as if it may be a tricky outing for the hosts as they struggled to break down a resilient Ukraine defence, but they finally found a way through in the 37th minute when Saka's sublime cross was turned home by Kane for his 55th Three Lions goal. Saka then doubled England's advantage three minutes later, turning his defender before superbly picking out the top left corner. The visitors never really looked like getting back into the contest, failing to record a shot on target over the 90 minutes and in fact, Southgate's men can probably count themselves unlucky not to have extended their lead late on with both Gallagher and Maguire going close.
90' + 1' Close! Maguire has a free header in the box from Henderson's deep corner, but his effort skims just over the crossbar with Trubin beaten.
90' The fourth official puts up his board and indicates there will be three minutes of additional time at the end of this match.
Y. Konoplyanka
T. Stepanenko
90' Konoplyanka enters the fray for Stepanenko.
87' Chilwell drives into the Ukraine box before squaring for Gallagher, but the substitute's first-time effort is pushed behind for a corner by Trubin.
C. Gallagher
J. Bellingham
86' Bellingham is replaced by Chelsea's Gallagher.
J. Grealish
J. Maddison
85' Maddison's first start for Southgate's men is over as he comes off for Grealish.
84' Toney is only the third Brentford player to play for England's men's team after Billy Scott (1936) and Leslie Smith (1939).
82' Saka tries to feed Maddison, but the pass is at an awkward height for him and his first touch goes straight into the waiting hands of Trubin.
I. Toney
H. Kane
81' Having extended his lead at the top of England's goalscoring charts, Kane makes way for Toney's Three Lions debut.
78' Maddison has created five chances today, the most by a player in his first England start since Theo Walcott against Andorra in September 2008 (six).
76' Aged 21 years and 202 days, Saka has scored eight goals for England. Only Dixie Dean (16), Jimmy Greaves (16), Rooney (12) and Michael Owen (10) have scored more goals for the Three Lions as of Saka's current age.
A. Dovbyk
R. Yaremchuk
74' Yaremchuk makes way for Dovbyk.
73' A well-worked move from the hosts sees Maddison lay the ball to his left for Bellingham, but the 19-year-old's low cross is dealt with by Matvyenko before Saka can tap in at the back post.
71' Maddison lays the free-kick off to the man who won it, but Saka gets his effort horribly wrong and the ball soars over the crossbar.
R. Malinovskyi
Yellow Card
69' Malinovskiy is the first player of the contest to be booked having hauled down Saka as the Arsenal man charged towards the visitors' box.
68' Ukraine have not won their opening match in qualifying for any of the last five major tournaments (drawn four, lost one) since beating Belarus in September 2008 in a 2010 World Cup qualifier, and it appears that run will extend here.
66' Maddison tries to feed in Saka, but the pass has too much weight on it and the ball runs through to Trubin.
64' Will those substitutions conjure up more of an attacking threat for the visitors?
E. Sobol
V. Mykolenko
62' Sobol comes on for Mykolenko.
V. Tsygankov
M. Mudryk
61' Mudryk makes way for Tsygankov.
V. Buyalskyi
O. Karavaev
61' Rotan opts to make a triple-change, with the first the introduction of Buyalskyi for Karavaev.
59' Ukraine are yet to record a shot on target in this match with Pickford enjoying a relatively comfortable outing to this point.
56' Saka has 10 goal involvements (seven goals, three assists) in his last 16 games for Southgate's men, scoring seven in his last 12 international starts.
53' Kane has now scored in four consecutive England appearances for the first time since November 2019 (six).
51' Matvyenko deals with the initial corner, but the ball comes back and Maddison finds space in the box to shoot. However, he loses composure at the vital moment and blazes his effort high and wide of Trubin's goal.
50' Karavaev rolls the ball out of play for an England corner under little pressure. Can the hosts take advantage?
48' A couple of England corners are whipped into the Ukraine box, though the visitors are able to deal with them both.
46' The visitors get us back underway for the second period!
England led 2-0 at half-time against Italy before having to dig in during a difficult second half to earn all three points. Can Ukraine force them to have to do the same here, or will the Three Lions see this out more comfortably?
England take a commanding 2-0 lead into the break, though they were made to work for it by a stubborn Ukraine defence. Both Maddison and Kane were denied by Trubin as the hosts struggled to really carve open the visitors. That changed in the 37th minute, however, as Saka's pinpoint cross found Kane in the box to tap home his 55th goal in a Three Lions shirt. Saka then turned from creator to finisher, as he rolled Matvyenko before curling a delightful strike into the top left corner to put Southgate's men in the ascendancy at the interval.
45' There will be three minutes of additional time at the end of this first half.
44' Only Bobby Charlton (23) has scored more goals at Wembley for England's men's team than Kane (22).
42' Ukraine give the ball away in a dangerous area and Kane looks to take advantage, but Trubin makes a vital stop to get behind the striker's fierce drive. It is absolutely vital the visitors do not concede a third before half-time.
B. Saka
40' GOAL!!! What a strike!!! After his sublime cross set up Kane for the opener, Saka doubles England's lead with a quite brilliant goal. He receives the ball with his back to goal, turns past Matvyenko before expertly picking out the top left corner to make it 2-0 to the Three Lions!
J. Henderson
40' Henderson fed the ball into Saka before the Arsenal man brilliantly did the rest.
39' With the visitors' defence finally breached, will the floodgates open?
B. Saka
37' Saka's deep cross was brilliant to allow Kane to finish past Trubin and give England the lead.
H. Kane
37' GOAL!!! Kane has his 55th goal for England!!! Having broken Wayne Rooney's record as the Three Lions' top goalscorer against Italy, he sprays the ball out to the right wing for Saka before getting into the box. The winger curls a delightful cross to the back post, where Kane is waiting to sidefoot home and put the hosts 1-0 up!
36' The visiting defence make three important blocks as a quick England counter pierced into the Ukraine box.
34' Maddison nods Henderson's cross at goal, but it does not have the power or direction to trouble Trubin who easily gathers.
33' Mudryk races into the England box, but Maguire is well-placed to block the Chelsea man's low cross before a delayed flag goes up for offside.
30' Maddison takes a quick free-kick, completely catching Ukraine out, but Kane cannot quite poke past Trubin, though replays later show the goal would not have counted anyway with the Tottenham striker narrowly offside.
29' Ukraine have never beaten the Three Lions away from home in four previous attempts (one draw, three defeats), with this their first away game on English soil since September 2012, a 1-1 draw in a World Cup qualifier.
27' Matvyenko makes a couple of important interventions to prevent the hosts getting a shot away at goal.
25' England have dominated the game in terms of possession and territory but are yet to really open up Ukraine.
23' Malinovskiy lashes at goal from range, only for his low drive to hit the back of Mudryk's legs before it can trouble Pickford between the England sticks.
21' Kane leaps highest to meet Chilwell's deep cross but his header is easily saved by Trubin.
19' Trubin momentarily stays down after that incident and requires some treatment, though the shot-stopper looks okay to continue.
16' Trubin fumbles a Saka cross at the feet of Maddison, whose eyes light up as he searches for his first England goal. However, the visiting goalkeeper does just enough to snuff out the Leicester City man's stab at goal, before the referee blows up for what he perceived as a foul.
15' The England defenders seem to stop as they think Yaremchuk is offside after being played in on goal, but the flag initially stays down. The Ukraine striker lashes the great opportunity past the post, only for the linesman's flag to eventually go up to spare his blushes.
13' Maddison is making only his second appearance overall for the Three Lions and his first since coming on as a substitute against Montenegro in EURO 2020 qualifying in November 2019, three years and 132 days ago.
11' Chilwell flies down the left and digs out a decent cross towards the back post, but it is just out of reach for Kane and Saka's heavy touch takes the ball out for a goal-kick.
9' The hosts scream for a penalty after Kane is brought down by a clumsy challenge from Svatok, but the referee waves away the home team's protests.
7' England and Ukraine last faced each other at Euro 2020 in the quarter-final, staged at the Stadio Olimpico. England won 4-0 with a Kane double as well as goals from Maguire and Henderson.
5' Bellingham is making his 10th appearance at Wembley for England - the first player ever to reach double figures at the national stadium as a teenager for the Three Lions.
3' After receiving some treatment, Malinovskiy is back up and play can resume.
2' There is an early injury worry for the visitors with Malinovskiy down after clashing heads with Chilwell.
1' The hosts kick us off and we are underway!
The two teams make their way onto the pitch at Wembley ahead of this important qualifier.
Visiting boss Ruslan Rotan goes with six alterations from the starting XI in the draw with Scotland, as Trubin replaces Lunin between the sticks while Karavaev and Svatok come into the back four for Oleksandr Tymchyk and Illya Zabarnyi. Yaremchuk is preferred to Dovbyk up front as Zinchenko and Sudakov also start.
Home manager Gareth Southgate makes three changes from the victory in Naples as Chilwell replaces the suspended Shaw while Henderson comes in for Phillips in midfield. Maddison makes his first start for the Three Lions as Grealish drops to the bench.
SUBS: Oleksandr Pikhalyonok, Andriy Lunin, Denis Miroshnichenko, Eduard Sobol, Vitaliy Tsygankov, Artem Dovbyk, Eduard Sarapyi, Artem Bondarenko, Mykyta Shevchenko, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Vitalii Buyalskyi.
UKRAINE (4-3-3): Anatolii Trubin; Oleksandr Karavaev, Oleksandr Svatok, Mykola Matvyenko, Vitalii Mykolenko; Heorhii Sudakov, Taras Stepanenko, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Ruslan Malinovskiy, Roman Yaremchuk, Mykahylo Mudryk.
SUBS: Aaron Ramsdale, Fraser Forster, Kieran Trippier, Marc Guehi, Eric Dier, Jack Grealish, Kalvin Phillips, Conor Gallagher, Ivan Toney.
ENGLAND (4-3-3): Jordan Pickford; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Ben Chilwell; Declan Rice, Jordan Henderson, Jude Bellingham; Bukayo Saka, Harry Kane, James Maddison.
Meanwhile, this will be the visitors' first and only qualifier of the international break, though they did beat Brentford B 2-0 in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Thursday. Their trip to Wembley will be their first competitive action since a 0-0 draw with Scotland in September, which saw Steve Clarke's men pip them to promotion to the top tier of the Nations League.
The hosts come into this game full of confidence after a battling 2-1 victory away at Italy on Thursday got their bid to reach a fourth straight European Championships off to a great start, putting them top of Group C after one match despite having to cling on at the end after Luke Shaw's red card. They were runners-up at Euro 2020 and will harbour hopes of going one better in Germany next year should they qualify.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the European Championships qualifier between England and Ukraine at Wembley Stadium.