Andriy Shevchenko hopes Italian fans in Rome will support Ukraine against England and Antonio Conte sent a congratulation message to the former Milan striker.
Ukraine scored late in extra time to beat Sweden in the Round of 16 of UEFA Euro 2020.
Ukraine had managed to qualify for the knockout phase as one of the best third-ranked in the group stage despite collecting just three points in the opening three games of the competition.
“I am proud of my lads, they gave it all. I dedicate this win to the people of Ukraine, we played with our hearts,” the former Milan and Chelsea striker told Sky Sport Italia.
They will now face England in the quarter-finals at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.
“I hope Italian fans will support us in Rome, England are a great team, it will be a difficult game,” he continued.
Shevchenko clearly knows Italy very well having played eight seasons at Milan, scoring 175 goals in 322 games.
He won one Champions League in a Rossoneri shirt in 2002-03.
The Diavoli lifted the cup after a Final against Juventus in Manchester and Antonio Conte was part of the Bianconeri team.
The former Juventus, Chelsea and Inter coach sent a congratulation message to Shevchenko on Instagram after Ukraine’s win against Sweden.