Oleksandr Zinchenko scores against England as Arsenal man gets Ukraine opener

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    England were humbled mid-way through the first half of their Euro 2024 qualifier against Ukraine after Oleksandr Zinchenko put his country ahead.

    The Three Lions had been dominating most of the ball, but had barely troubled Heorhiy Bushchan in goal before Zinchenko struck.

    A fast-paced Ukrainian move down England's left flank ended with Zinchenko, who was playing in central midfield, arriving late on the edge of the six-yard area to stab the cut-back underneath Jordan Pickford.

    Fans inside Poland's Tarczynski Arena, most of whom were Ukrainian given that this is technically Ukraine's home tie, went nuts as Zinchenko wheeled away in celebration, waving at a pitch-side camera and making a heart symbol with his hands.

    READ MORE: Jordan Henderson picked in England's XI vs Ukraine despite Saudi controversy

    The goal changed the mood inside the ground, which up until that point had been fairly muted given England's domination of the ball and a distinct lack of chances.

    It didn't take long for England to equalise though, with Kyle Walker slotting home a close-range half-volley following a gorgeous through-ball from deep from Harry Kane.

    It was Walker's first goal for his country, after 78 appearances.

    What do you make of the starting XI Southgate picked? Let us know in the comments section below.

    Southgate picked a pretty strong England side, with the likes of Kane, Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice and Bukayo Saka all starting.

    The only noteworthy picks were handing starts to Crystal Palace defender Marc Guehi, and under-the-spotlight midfielder Jordan Henderson following his controversial move to Saudi Arabia.

    Harry Maguire also retained his place at the back, despite making just one appearance for Manchester United so far this season, while James Maddison made his first competitive start for England up front.

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