Ukraine president once blamed John Terry for polical unrest in war-torn country

John Terry was once blamed for cause political unrest during a Ukrainian President's 70-minute monolgue after the Chelsea defender was involved in a controversial incident during England's Euro 2012 match against Ukraine.

The Three Lions advanced to the quarter-finals thanks to a Wayne Rooney goal just after half-time, when the Manchester United striker converted Steven Gerrard's cross from close range.

However, the most contentious moment of the match came in the 62nd-minute when Marko Devic's shot clearly crossed the line before being scrambled away by John Terry.

Yet, the Hungarian referee remained unmoved and Ukraine were dumped out of the competition.

At the the time there was huge political turbulence in Ukraine, which the president blamed on a number of factors including: power, politics and John Terry's left-foot.

Mr Viktor Yanukovych said the goal was one reason why he resented the EU at a time where millions were protesting for integration with Europe.

The President's anger over the decision – made by independent UEFA referees that have no ties to the European Union – was a shared feeling with Ukrainians who felt humiliated.

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English fans argued the goal was offside and it was justice for Frank Lampard's ghost goal that had knocked them out of the World Cup two years earlier.

But with Gareth Southgate taking revenge against Germany at Wembley on Tuesday, Three Lions fans are now worried that this time the shoe may be on the other foot.

Could Ukraine pose one of the biggest shocks of the tournament so far and halt England's progress?

If they are to do so they'll have to do something that no side has managed so far at Euro 2020 – score past Jordan Pickford.

Yet despite that daunting fact, Ukraine manager Andriy Shevchenko says his side have nothing to fear:

England are a great team, they have a deep bench, an outstanding coaching staff and we are fully aware how tough this game is going to be," said Shevchenko after the Sweden win.

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"I saw all their three group matches, not today's win over Germany because we had to prepare for our own game with Sweden.

"They are incredibly difficult to score against but their strength shouldn't scare us.

"It should motivate us because everything is possible in football as in life and we will play our hearts out to give our fans even more to cheer about."

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