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Defeat against Ukraine would mark England’s ‘worst result ever’

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The Three Lions must be cautious to avoid any upset this time out, having been eliminated by an underdog in the previous edition of the Euros.

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A defeat for England in the Euro 2020 clash with Ukraine would mark their “worst result ever”, according to ex-Scotland international Scotland Ally McCoist.

England play Ukraine at Stadio Olimpico later tonight for a place in the semi-finals in the Euro 2020, with the former going into the fixture as overwhelming favorites.

Despite the odds being in their favor, however, the Three Lions must be cautious as they ended up on the wrong end of the scoreline in a knockout match against an underdog in the previous edition of the European Championships.

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Gareth Southgate’s men were kicked out of Euro 2016 by Iceland at the Round of 16 stage and will be determined to avoid any such upset this time.

“If England don’t beat Ukraine, it will be their worst result in 35 or 40 years,” McCoist told talkSPORT.

Asked if it would be worse than England’s defeat to Iceland five years ago, McCoist said: “Yes. 100 per cent yes because I don’t think they are very good, to be honest.

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“It was two bang average sides last night [in Sweden vs Ukraine]. I’m deadly serious. If England don’t beat Ukraine, it might be their worst result ever.

“If you don’t get to the final, it would nearly be a disaster.”