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Underestimating England opponents Ukraine ‘delusional’, says Henderson

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In Ukraine, Gareth Southgate’s men will face a side that has been punching above its weight in this summer’s tournament.

Jordan Henderson is expecting Ukraine to present a “really difficult test” for England in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals.

England have been far from their best in the European Championship so far but have emerged as strong contenders to go all the way through.

The Three Lions recorded two marginal wins and a goalless stalemate in the group stages and comfortably got the better of rivals Germany in the Round of 16.

A fight for a place in the semi-finals now awaits as Gareth Southgate’s men clash with Andriy Shevchenko’s side, who beat Sweden last time out, in Rome on Saturday.

“It was a fantastic performance [against Germany] but we haven’t achieved anything yet and we’ve still got a long way to go,” said Henderson, per Independent.

“Full focus on Ukraine. It’ll be a really difficult test and anybody that says that it won’t be are delusional, really.

“I know people say ‘well, we beat Germany’ but you can’t underestimate the importance of this game and how hard good of a team Ukraine are and how hard it will be against them.

“We’re fully prepared and fully aware of that. We just need to go out there and give absolutely everything again and hopefully that’s enough to get us through.”