Euro 2020: England stars jet off for Rome on eve of quarter final clash against Ukraine

England have jetted off for Rome ahead of their huge Euro 2020 quarter-final clash with Ukraine as Gareth Southgate‘s side look to build on the momentum gained from their phenomenal win over Germany

Second-half goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane booked England’s place in the last eight of the tournament after a stunning win over old rivals Germany at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday.

Southgate’s side, who have yet to concede a goal over four games so far, are now three wins away from winning their first major trophy since 1966.

The Three Lions have played all of their games at Wembley thus far but must travel to Italy to face Andriy Shevchenko’s Ukraine, with a win sealing a return to the national stadium for the semi-final against either Denmark or the Czech Republic.

And Southgate’s 26-man party looked relaxed as they flew out to the Italian capital on Friday afternoon, on the eve of their game against the World No 24-ranked side.

England have set off for Rome on the eve of their blockbuster Euro 2020 quarter-final

England have set off for Rome on the eve of their blockbuster Euro 2020 quarter-final

England have set off for Rome on the eve of their blockbuster Euro 2020 quarter-final

Three Lions captain Harry Kane chats with Jack Grealish as England set off for Italy

Three Lions captain Harry Kane chats with Jack Grealish as England set off for Italy

 Three Lions captain Harry Kane chats with Jack Grealish as England set off for Italy

Declan Rice laughs with close friend Mason Mount as the pair walk towards the plane

Declan Rice laughs with close friend Mason Mount as the pair walk towards the plane

Declan Rice laughs with close friend Mason Mount as the pair walk towards the plane

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson wears a face mask as England head off for Italy

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson wears a face mask as England head off for Italy

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson wears a face mask as England head off for Italy

Phil Foden boards the plane and will hope to feature against Ukraine on Saturday night

Phil Foden boards the plane and will hope to feature against Ukraine on Saturday night

Phil Foden boards the plane and will hope to feature against Ukraine on Saturday night

Raheem Sterling chats with new Manchester United signing Jadon Sancho at the airport

Raheem Sterling chats with new Manchester United signing Jadon Sancho at the airport

Raheem Sterling chats with new Manchester United signing Jadon Sancho at the airport

Captain Kane was pictured walking with Aston Villa star Jack Grealish towards the plane, while Declan Rice was seen laughing as he strode along the tarmac with close friend Mason Mount. 

Sterling was photographed boarding the plane with Jadon Sancho. England’s top scorer at this summer’s Euros will come up against the youngster in the Premier League next season after Sancho agreed to join Manchester United earlier this week in a £73million deal from Borussia Dortmund. 

Phil Foden, sporting his new blond look, was photographed scaling the stairs to board the plane. The Man City star will need to be cautious if he plays this weekend as he is one booking away from missing the semi-final. 

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, who has seen limited minutes at this summer’s tournament thus far, wore a face mask as he boarded the plane.  

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England's team coach arrives at Birmingham Airport ahead of their departure on Friday

England's team coach arrives at Birmingham Airport ahead of their departure on Friday

England’s team coach arrives at Birmingham Airport ahead of their departure on Friday

Luggage belonging to the players and staff is loaded on the plane leaving Birmingham Airport

Luggage belonging to the players and staff is loaded on the plane leaving Birmingham Airport

Luggage belonging to the players and staff is loaded on the plane leaving Birmingham Airport

While England enter Saturday’s contest heavy favourites, Southgate has warned his stars to avoid complacency against Shevchenko’s underdogs.

‘This is now a fantastic challenge for us,’ the Three Lions boss told the Official England Podcast

‘We’ve got to go away from Wembley, into a potentially quite hot climate, hardly any England fans in the stadium, and maybe a not particularly full crowd full stop.

‘The players knew, individually, so many of the German players and their direct attributes, [with Ukraine] we are having to learn a lot more quickly.

With the luggage loaded, the plane can prepare for the start of its journey from Birmingham

With the luggage loaded, the plane can prepare for the start of its journey from Birmingham

With the luggage loaded, the plane can prepare for the start of its journey from Birmingham

The plane taking the England team to Rome makes its way to the runway for takeoff

The plane taking the England team to Rome makes its way to the runway for takeoff

The plane taking the England team to Rome makes its way to the runway for takeoff

‘We have watched Ukraine over the last year or so but of course not many of them are playing in the Bundesliga or the English Premier League. There’s obviously a couple who are.

‘And then there is this perception that all we’ve got to do is turn up, and we are on our way. We’re very clear now that the total focus is on Saturday.

‘We have to prepare the game in the right way, and our mentality is critical.’

Before their flight, the entire playing squad took part in the session in Burton-upon-Trent, where spirits were high ahead of their quarter-final tie.

All 26 of England's Euro 2020 players trained ahead of their flight to Rome on Friday afternoon

All 26 of England's Euro 2020 players trained ahead of their flight to Rome on Friday afternoon

All 26 of England’s Euro 2020 players trained ahead of their flight to Rome on Friday afternoon

Phil Foden, Luke Shaw and Mason Mount (left-right) share a joke during the session on Friday

Phil Foden, Luke Shaw and Mason Mount (left-right) share a joke during the session on Friday

Phil Foden, Luke Shaw and Mason Mount (left-right) share a joke during the session on Friday

If they come through Saturday’s test in Rome, England will face either Denmark or the Czech Republic at Wembley next Wednesday, before Sunday’s final in the same stadium. 

Despite the good mood in the England camp, Southgate does have plenty to consider going into tomorrow night’s game, with four of his players at risk of missing the semi-final if they pick up a yellow card.

Maguire, Declan Rice, Phil Foden and Kalvin Phillips all run the risk of a ban if they are booked against Ukraine and England get through, before all bookings are wiped ahead of the last four.

Trippier, meanwhile, has been nursing a muscular injury but did train with the squad on Friday, hinting that he will be fit to feature on Saturday night. 

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