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Tuesday evening’s match in Donetsk sees Group D come to a close as England face tournament co-hosts Ukraine. Both sides know that victory will see them qualify for the quarter finals of the competition, though a draw would be good enough for England.

Roy Hodgson’s men go in to the game following their impressive come-from-behind victory against Sweden on Friday. England will be bolstered by the return of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, who is available for selection following a two match suspension. The 26 year old is 6.5 (11/2) with Stan James to open the scoring here, whilst Bet 365 offer 11.0 (10/1) for Rooney to score at least twice. Two goals would see Rooney draw level with Nat Lofthouse, Tom Finney and Alan Shearer as England’s joint fifth highest goal scorer of all time.

England go into the game as favourites at a best price of 2.25 (5/4), whilst you can get 3.50 (5/2) for the Ukraine victory. The draw is 3.40 (12/5) with Bwin.

Ukraine followed their impressive opening game victory with defeat to France in Donetsk on Friday. Andriy Shevchenko, who has scored more than half of Ukraine’s all time tournament goals tally, is once again set to lead the line and is a generous 10.0 (9/1) with Paddy Power to open the scoring.

Midfielder Sergey Nazarenko got the only goal of the game the last time these two sides met, as Ukraine beat England in a World Cup Qualifier in Dnipropetrovsk in 2009. That was Ukraine’s only victory in four games against the English, having lost the other three.

John Terry scored the winner in the reverse fixture of the World Cup 2010 qualification campaign, and interestingly only three members of the current squad have more international goals than the Chelsea captain, who is 11.0 (10/1) to score at any time on Tuesday.

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