UKRAINE will prepare for their Euro 2024 qualifier against England with a week long training camp in London.
Brentford having opened up their training ground to host the squad, who will also play a behind-closed-doors friendly against the Bees’ B-Team on Thursday, March 23.
That will see Ruslan Rotan’s side come up against Romeo Beckham, with the son of the former England captain David currently on loan in west London from Inter Miami.
Ukraine have opted to base themselves in the capital as the meeting with the Three Lions is their only qualifier during the March break, while there are also clear logistical issues due to the ongoing war.
The squad have previously based themselves in neighbouring Poland, but considered a number of options before deciding on a camp in England.
With four members of their squad based in England – including two in London – the capital was a clear choice.
Arsenal full-back Oleksandr Zinchenko, Chelsea‘s Mykhailo Mudryk, Everton defender Vitaliy Mykolenko and Bournemouth‘s Illya Zabarnyi have all been called up.
They will arrive on Monday, March 20 and stay at Syon Park in west London before facing England at Wembley Stadium on the Sunday of that week and flying out the following morning.
Ahead of facing England in 2018 for Wayne Rooney‘s final cap, the USA used Syon Park and Brentford’s training ground as their base.
Ukraine’s meeting with Gareth Southgate‘s Three Lions will be their first game since a 0-0 Nations League draw with Scotland in Krakow.
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They have not faced England since a 4-0 defeat in the Euro 2020 quarter-finals.
Southgate’s men visit Italy in their opening qualifier on March 23 before hosting Ukraine three days later.