Ukraine vs England – Euro 2024 Qualifying LIVE: Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions can open up a nine-point gap to the rest of the group with a win in Poland







Follow Mail Sport‘s live blog for all the latest as Gareth Southgate’s England take on Ukraine knowing a win will give them a commanding lead atop Group C, with coverage from MAX MATHEWS.

Breaking: Zinchenko and Mudryk line up for Ukraine

Four Premier League stars in the Ukraine line-up today.

No Colwill this time…

Marc Guehi and Harry Maguire have been given the nod against Ukraine in the absence of John Stones, and Gareth Southgate has opted to trust those with international experience to get the job done in Poland.

But Mail Sport columnist MARTIN KEOWN feels it’s time to find a new formula in defence ahead of the Euro 2024 championships next summer and hoped to see Chelsea’s Levi Colwill get a chance over the internatioanl break.

The ex-Arsenal star takes a look at England’s defensive options ahead of next summer…

Breaking: Maguire and Henderson START for England

Gareth Southgate has put his faith in Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson once again, while Marcus Rashford is set to start the match from the bench.

It looks like a lopsided 4-3-3 of sorts from Southgate, who has named a front three of Harry Kane (C), Bukayo Saka and James Maddison behind Jude Bellingham, Henderson and Declan Rice in midfield.

Meanwhile, Marc Guehi will partner Maguire at the heart of defence, with Kyle Walker and Ben Chilwell either side of them. Jordan Pickford keeps his place in goal.

Three Lions Pride group prepares for Jordan Henderson protest

Reports have suggested that Jordan Henderson is in line to start against Ukraine tonight, and the ex-Liverpool captain is likley to be met with a protest in the stands following his controversial £700,000-a-week move to Saudi Arabia.

The 33-year-old publicly advocated LGBTQ+ rights during his time at Anfield but now that he’s joined Al-Ettifaq, many fans feel he has abandoned his views, seeing as homosexuality is criminalised in the Middle Eastern country.

The Three Lions Pride supporters group is preparing to ‘turn their backs’ on Henderson if he plays against Ukraine, feeling that they are doing to him what he’s done to them.

Read Mail Sport’s full story below…

Who deserves a starting spot?

The likes of Harry Maguire and Kalvin Phillips could start against Ukraine with Gareth Southgate concerned about the lack depth at his disposal.

Several of Southgate’s defensive regulars such as John Stones, Luke Shaw and Tyrone Mings are out with injury, but seeing as Maguire has only played a handful of minutes this season, many fans are crying out for new stars to get opportunities.

So who should win a start against Ukraine? Mail Sport crunched Sofascore’s numbers to take a look…

Good afternoon

England’s Euro 2024 qualifying campaign continues this afternoon in Poland as Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions take on Ukraine at Tarczynski Arena.

Mail Sport will be here before and throughout the game to bring you all the latest news and updates, from breaking team news to match action.

BURTON-UPON-TRENT, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 08: Gareth Southgate, Head Coach of England looks on during an England Men Training Session at St Georges Park on September 08, 2023 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)