Pickford earns another clean sheet as England beat Ukraine

26/03/2023 11comments  |  Jump to last

Jordan Pickford and Vitalii Mykolenko were on opposite sides of this evening's Group C clash at Wembley in European Championships qualifying as England beat Ukraine 2-0.

Goals by the country's all-time leading scorer, Harry Kane, and Arsenal star Bakayo Saka in a three-minute spell late in the first half were enough to earn Gareth Southgate's men their second victory in the group following last Thursday's impressive win in Italy.

Everton's goalkeeper picked up another clean sheet against the Ukrainians, his 25th in his 52nd appearance for England. Mykolenko, meanwhile, was substituted with a little more than an hour played.

Meanwhile, last Friday, Amadou Onana played the full 90 minutes for Belgium as they comfortably beat Sweden thanks to a hat-trick by former Blue, Romelu Lukaku.

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The Red Devils under Roberto Martinez's replacement, Domenico Tedesco, are next in action on Tuesday in a friendly away to Germany.

Seamus Coleman will undergo a late fitness test to see if he can be fit enough following a thigh strain picked up in the 2-2 draw at Chelsea to play for the Republic of Ireland against France as their Euro2024 qualifying campaign begins tomorrow.

For Northern Ireland, Everton youngster Isaac Price made his senior international debut off the bench in the 82nd minute of a 2-0 win in San Marino last Thursday and got another 11 minutes this evening in a narrow 1-0 home defeat to Finland.


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Ed Prytherch
1 Posted 26/03/2023 at 23:50:30
Slippy did not miss the opportunity to take a cheap shot at Mykolenko in the half time discussion. What an arsehole.
Danny O’Neill
2 Posted 27/03/2023 at 08:21:22
I watched it in patches. I thought it was pretty dull and although Ukraine put up a fight in the second half, I thought England were in cruise control.

I have mentioned before my views on Harry Kane. I didn't get the hype to start with, but then I was the same with Declan Rice.

Fair credit, he has become the complete striker. Tap ins, long range outside the box strikes, comes deep to meet the ball and hold it up for midfield runners. Sprays passes to wide players. Yesterday made himself availbable to receive the ball, sent a pass out wide and got on the end of the following cross. He made that goal for himself.

I did say, that was the big difference between him and Calvert-Lewin, when they were both in the England squad. Dominic is very one dimensional; an in the box striker. That isn't a criticism, just a comparison. I am doubtful we will see him in an Everton shirt again. Let's hope I am wrong.

Having only caught a glimpse of Simms, it will interesting to see what type of forward he is. He certainly doesn't seem to be afraid to run at defenders.

Tony Abrahams
3 Posted 27/03/2023 at 08:29:08
I’ve just read that Mykolenko had a torrid time, but watching the boy Saka, then my opinion is that if he continues in the same vein, then he’s on his way to becoming one of the best footballers in world football. The kid is simply a joy to watch.
Derek Thomas
4 Posted 27/03/2023 at 08:35:33
Danny @ 2; there a clip on twitter with all his goals to date and what struck me is - when he gets in the box and left foot or right, when he hits that ball - it stays hit. You can't coach that.
Rob Baker
5 Posted 27/03/2023 at 13:08:11
I went to Wembley and witnessed a pretty uninspiring England comfortably beat a spirited but limited Ukraine team. I couldn't tell you who a MOTM was. I bet Saka got it for his cracking goal. My observation was that our most technical players had the least amount of time on the ball.
Danny O’Neill
6 Posted 27/03/2023 at 13:39:36
From what I watched Rob, I'd go with Saka. As Tony said, he's going to be some player. He already is aged just 21. And he plays football with a smile on his face. He enjoys his football.

It won't be long before the European giants are hovering. You could say Arsenal are big enough to stave off and hold on, but Liverpool couldn't stop Mane.

Derek a lot of what Kane does is instinctive. Quick look up, shoot. Knowing where to be at the right time and anticipation. Awareness of where other players are and moving the ball quickly. And he works incredibly hard. Strong in the air too. As you say, some of that can't be coached. Rooney was similar.

The irony being his youth career took I'm Ridgeway Rovers, Watford and even a year at Arsenal before he landed at Tottenham.

Funny how football works sometimes and how coaches see different things.

Gerry Quinn
7 Posted 27/03/2023 at 15:03:57
What is realistic is that almost a third of Kane's goals have come from penalties - 17 in total - to me he has still quite a bit of catching up to do with Rooney's total which contained just 6 penalties!
Gerry Quinn
8 Posted 27/03/2023 at 15:11:54
Kane - 55 goals of which 18 were penalties = 33% (+4 missed)
Rooney - 53 goals of which 7 were penalties = 13% (0 missed)

Still got some catching up to do, 'Arry lad

Matthew Williams
9 Posted 27/03/2023 at 15:12:09
For me penalties shouldn't count in any players scoring record!

Scrap it NOW.

Gerry Quinn
10 Posted 27/03/2023 at 15:15:51
OK Matthew...

Rooney, 46 goals for England
Kane, 37 goals for Ingerlund!

David Currie
11 Posted 27/03/2023 at 17:56:38
Was hoping in the last 5 minutes that Kane would get a knock and be ruled out for one game. He always seems to score against us and will be a massive test for our defence to contain him next Monday.

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