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Gareth Southgate has warned his players they will only conquer “their Everest” by winning the Euros.
Southgate insists they must not think the hard work is done after beating Germany and says they have still got a mountain to climb to win the tournament, starting against Ukraine in the quarter finals.
England boss Southgate says the players must now complete the job, not bask in any glory and go one step further than the semi finals in the World Cup three years ago.
Southgate said: “We've achieved one challenge but that's not the Everest we set ourselves, really. We want to push on from where we've got to now.
Gareth Southgate has urged his England side to forget about the famous Germany win
“I’m quite happy for that Germany game never to be shown again. The fact is the game the other night will be. But that’s for the future. That’s when we’re reflecting, or sat doing something else.
“Now, this is the next step, the next opportunity – the opportunity to get to a third semi-final for us in the last few years, a second major tournament semi-final and you’ve got to go back to Sir Alf Ramsey’s time to be able to do that. It’s another chance for the team to make history.
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“We’ve moved on from Germany pretty quickly and it’s not easy because you all get lovely messages and if they’re reading the papers or watching television I’m sure there’ll be lots to enjoy for them.
“But the mindset has got to be about Saturday. Not beyond Saturday. There’s not a consideration in our heads beyond Saturday and making sure we’re prepared for this game with Ukraine.”
Southgate admits that Ukraine will be a tougher test than some people expect, especially without the support of the Wembley crowd with the quarter final in Rome.
England also have a fitness doubt on Bukayo Saka – Jadon Sancho could come in – while Kieran Trippier is also an injury concern as the Three Lions look set to return to a back four with Mason Mount ready to come back in.
Southgate added: “We’ve got one or two checks to make. Nothing serious just final checks on recovery and a slight knock with Bukayo but other than that we think we’re ok.
“We've got to go away from home, play a good team, without many English fans in the stadium, so it's all about our group, it's all about our team and what we do, and the energy and focus that we create.”
Possible England XI: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Phillips, Mount; Sancho, Sterling, Kane.