Gary Lineker has moved to calm down panicking England fans who have vented their concern after UEFA appointed all German officials for their Euro 2020 quarter-final with Ukraine tomorrow night. Gareth Southgate’s squad are due to touch down in Italy later today for what will be their first match away from Wembley during the tournament.
Yet England know if they are able to conquer Ukraine, they will be back at Wembley for the semi-finals and final, permitting they make it.
The Three Lions are still on a high after defeating Germany 2-0 on Tuesday in London, winning only their second-ever knockout match at a European Championship.
But Southgate made it clear to his players immediately after the triumph that the win counts for nothing if they don’t follow it up with victory over Ukraine.
England fans will not be able to travel to Rome unless they are already based in Europe but there will be millions cheering on the Three Lions from home tomorrow night.
Champions League referee Byrch was in the middle for the last 16 clash between Belgium and Portugal in Seville on Monday and his performance received scrutiny in the comments below Lineker’s tweet.
“Byrch was utterly horrendous for Belgium – Portugal. Genuinely terrible,” one user tweeted.
While another replied: “Agreed. It’s because of Byrch’s inconsistency and misjudgment that Hazard and De Bruyne are doubtful to be able to play 90 mins tonight.”
Before adding: “Hazard was getting the s*** kicked out of him and he did nothing, was favouring Portugal 100%.”
England’s opponents Ukraine are managed by former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko and he insists his side have nothing to fear on Saturday night.
“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,” he said.
“I saw all their three group matches, they are incredibly difficult to score against but their strength shouldn’t scare us.
“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.”