1 Punish a defence that is an accident waiting to happen
Before the tournament started, the big concern for Ukraine was whether they were good enough defensively, and nothing we have seen in the first two games has erased the doubts. Sweden had several chances other than Zlatan Ibrahimovic's goal and France would have won by a wider margin but for Andriy Pyatov's fine goalkeeping, Jérémy Ménez's profligacy and the woodwork denying Yohan Cabaye a second goal.
France did their homework and got their reward. "We really studied the Ukrainian side very well and they do leave a lot of space in behind," Laurent Blanc, the France coach, said. "They like to play football, that's the way their coach sets them up to play but, of course, there are some imbalances at the back and there are spaces that you can take advantage of. We've got quick players and Jérémy is one of those."
Theo Walcott would be England's equivalent of Ménez and if Hodgson decides to start him ahead of James Milner, it is easy to imagine the Arsenal forward troubling Evhen Selin. On the opposite side, Franck Ribéry tormented the right‑back, Oleh Gusiev, who has played a fair bit of his career as a winger.
Gusiev likes to go forward but is suspect defensively. Neither of the two central defenders instil a huge amount of confidence either. Evhen Khacheridi and Taras Mykhalyk struggled to deal with Karim Benzema, who set up both goals and kept finding space by dropping into the areas between midfield and attack where Wayne Rooney will hope to wreak havoc.
2 Be aware of Andriy Shevchenko's clever movement
It may seem strange that England should have something to fear from a striker who turns 36 in September and who struggled to make an impression in the Premier League at a point in his career when he ought to have been at his peak. But anyone who has watched Ukraine's first two matches at Euro 2012 will testify that Shevchenko has looked a class act. Ukraine will be praying he is fit after he picked up a knee injury that forced him to miss training on Sunday. Even against France, when Ukraine were well beaten and created little, Shevchenko stung Hugo Lloris's hands with a powerful shot after escaping on the left flank and later unleashed a thunderbolt shot that was inches away from the top corner.
The first opportunity arrived because of Shevchenko's clever movement, which is something that has troubled defences in both games and highlights the importance of John Terry and Joleon Lescott maintaining their concentration at all times.
Shevchenko came short, as if he was looking for the ball to be played in to his feet from the left-back, Selin, and then spun in behind, leaving Adil Rami, the France central defender, in his wake. Selin knew the drill and floated a ball over the top that Shevchenko ran on to before shooting.
Against Sweden it was Ibrahimovic who was duped. Shevchenko stood behind the Sweden captain as Evhen Konoplyanka prepared to take his corner kick but as the winger started his run‑up the striker ran around the outside of the Swede and nipped in front of him to meet the inswinging delivery with a bullet header.
It was a goal straight off the training ground and England will have no excuse for being caught out in the same way.
3 Deny Ukraine time to play and exploit the space on the flanks
For a team with a reputation for playing counter-attacking football, Ukraine have had a surprising amount of possession in Euro 2012. They saw more of the ball against France than England did (46% compared with 35%) and made more passes than Sweden when the two teams met in Kiev last Monday.
Sweden made the mistake of standing off Ukraine in the opening 45 minutes and paid the price as the co-hosts started to enjoy themselves. Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, the experienced Bayern Munich midfielder who pulls the strings, stroked the ball around in front of the back four while Serhiy Nazarenko, who scored the winner against England in Dnipropetrovsk three years ago, and Andriy Voronin linked well further forward. Ukraine could have scored two or three before half-time.
France took note and were determined to deny Oleh Blokhin's players time on the ball, not only to prevent them from getting into their rhythm but also to exploit a weakness in the way they deal with the transition from attack to defence.
"We were just going to stop this Ukrainian side from getting confidence," Blanc said. "So we decided to be very aggressive and press them high up the pitch and also to get wide as quick as possible because we knew that once the Ukrainian side lost the ball, they all regrouped in the middle and left a lot of space on the flanks."
The irony is that Ukraine had hoped that the wide areas would be where they caused opponents plenty of problems. Their two wingers, Andriy Yarmolenko and Konoplyanka, were expected to be a major threat but so far they have flattered to deceive. Yarmolenko, billed as "the new Shevchenko" five years ago, likes to come inside on his left foot and he set up Ukraine's first goal against Sweden with an inswinging cross, but that was a rare glimpse of his ability and it was no surprise when he was substituted against France.