England team news announced as Gareth Southgate makes crucial changes for Ukraine

Gareth Southgate’s England team to face Ukraine has been announced – and the Three Lions manager has made some key changes.

England have reverted to a back-four for the quarter-final in Rome, after beating Germany 2-0 with a back five.

This means that there is no place in the starting XI for right-back Kieran Trippier, who has been replaced by the returning Mason Mount as he reclaims his position in the middle of the park.

Mount has been out for England since the Scotland game after coming into close contact with Chelsea teammate Billy Gilmour, who tested positive for Covid-19 after the fixture. 

Southgate’s other change is to start Jadon Sancho for the first time this Euros.

Sancho comes in for Arsenal forward Bakayo Saka, who has been brilliant for the Three Lions in his past two matches but suffered a slight knock in training. 

“We’ve just got to check on Bukayo who had a slight knock today,” said Southgate. “Other than that, everybody is available.”

Sancho on the other has been showing great signs of improvement since agreeing on a deal with Manchester United, with Southgate claiming he’s upped his levels in training. 

Southgate told ITV: “I think Jadon over the last seven days has trained the best level in the time with us.

“You accept there are lots of ongoing transfer situations and nobody is coming in for talks, nobody is going out for talks.

“But we can’t stop people’s phones ringing and we can’t stop business happening outside of that and you just have to trust the players and they’re all very focused.

“I haven’t really had a long discussion with him about it at this moment, because that story’s been going on for 12 months. When everything’s confirmed I’m sure I’ll have a chat with him.

“But there’s so much speculation about all of our players, I don’t pick up every little individual piece but I’m checking in with the players every single day to see how they are and the biggest thing is he’s been very focused in his training and that’s been good.”