Blokhin fuming after France defeat

Ukraine coach Blokhin
Ukraine coach Blokhin knows his team must beat England in Donetsk to have a chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals. Photo: PA

Ukraine coach Oleh Blokhin has said that the attitude of some of his players left a lot to be desired after their 2-0 defeat to France.

"Some of our players already thought that we had qualified for the quarter-finals," Blokhin said. "Which ones? I don't want to talk about it."

The Ukrainians were lacklustre for long passages of their match against the French, with the hosts barely creating a chance.

Les Bleus, by contrast, cantered through the final 20 minutes of their game, and now top Group D ahead of England going into the final set of fixtures.

Ukraine must beat England in Donetsk in their final group game to have a chance of reaching the knock-out stages, and Blokhin admitted that his squad are downcast after a poor performance in Kiev.

"I'm not happy with all of the guys, but I don't want to say which ones," Blokhin said. "We'll sit down and dissect the game. I don't want to fluster the team, they're already down."