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Shaw: Germany win means nothing if England don’t beat Ukraine

The England squad are due to fly to Rome on Friday afternoon ahead of their quarter-final clash with Andriy Shevchenko’s side at the Stadio Olimpico, hoping to reach the last four of a European Championship for the first time since 1996.

Gareth Southgate’s team are firm favourites after their impressive 2-0 win over Germany on Tuesday, although they will have to deal with the expectation and a first game away from Wembley at the finals.

Ukraine scraped through their group with three points and a negative goal difference but saw off Sweden in the last 16, leaving Shaw wary of their threat.

“They changed their formation in the last game, so we need to be a bit wary of that,” said the Manchester United left-back. “We will have unit meetings to know what to expect but it’s about us and we need to make sure we go into this game in the right manner and turn up on the day.

“We’ve been really lucky to play all our games at Wembley, which has been unbelievable, so this will be a different test — but it’s a test we’re ready for. We solely focus on this game now because if we don’t get a result, the result against Germany doesn’t count for anything.

“We’ve always had the belief we can go the whole way, but especially with the result we got against Germany, that gives us extra confidence.”

The winners will play the Czech Republic or Denmark, who meet in Baku on Saturday, at Wembley on Wednesday. Shaw was one of England’s standout players in the win over Germany, setting up the opening goal for Raheem Sterling and starting the move leading to Harry Kane’s clincher.

The 25-year-old earned an England recall in March for the first time since September 2019 and admitted then that he had let down Southgate over a series of withdrawals from previous squads.

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Now, Shaw admits he has never been happier and says the unity in the England camp is like nothing he has experienced.

“If the Euros went ahead when they were supposed to then I wouldn’t have been here,” Shaw said. “But I sat down with my girlfriend and talked about what I wanted to achieve this season and one of them [my goals] was getting back in the England squad.

“I missed being a part of it, so to be here and representing my country at a major tournament is an amazing feeling. Everything about the last day or two has been so good and I haven’t felt this happy in a long time.

“I’m hoping all the fans feel the same way. The spirit and togetherness of the squad is something I’ve not experienced before. You can see how close everyone is.”

Shaw was particularly enjoying the company of a new friend in Bukayo Saka.

“I love him,” he said of the Arsenal star. “I love him like my child. If you ask anyone in this squad they’d say what a good guy he is. I didn’t know him before I came to camp but I’ve got on so well with him.

“He takes everything in his stride and has been brilliant so far and keeps impressing everyone.”


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