Shevchenko, Voronin to retire

Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko has announced he will retire from international football after his country's elimination from Euro 2012 with a 1-0 defeat by England.

And former Liverpool forward Andrei Voronin followed suit, meaning that two key Ukraine players have already confirmed they are finished at international level.

Shevchenko, the finest player Ukraine has produced since independence from the Soviet Union, told reporters he intends to says his farewell in a friendly game before standing down from national team duty.

"It was my last official game for Ukraine. A bit later on I will arrange a farewell game to say goodbye to supporters.

"What are my plans now? I simply want to go home and put my arms around my kids and kiss my wife," he said.

The 35-year-old, who is his country's youngest and oldest goalscorer and record marksman with 48 goals in 111 appearances, started on the bench against England due to a knee injury.

Former AC Milan and Chelsea forward Shevchenko began the tournament in grand style with both goals in the co-host's 2-1 comeback victory over Sweden.

Shevchenko was European Footballer of the Year in 2004, the first and only Ukrainian to win the award, and was Ukrainian Footballer of the Year on six occasions.

The striker's current deal with Dynamo Kiev, the club where he began his career before moving to Milan, is due to expire in July and he has expressed interest in a move to North America's Major League Soccer.

Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin said after the England defeat he was looking to younger players ahead of the qualifying campaign for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil which starts in September.

Shevchenko said he was pleased that Ukraine had the talent to continue to progress in the international game after a tournament where they held their own for large stretches against France and England before losing to both.

"I hope our supporters are happy with our performance. I am glad for our young players who played well tonight. This team has a bright future," he said.

Voronin had won 74 caps for Ukraine, scoring eight goals.

"I am leaving the Ukraine team. I took this decision in advance. I have chosen to focus on a club career because I am not young enough to combine both roles," the sport.ua website quoted him as saying after the 1-0 Group D loss.

 

12 comments

  • ukraine  •  Northampton, England  •  22 hours ago
    Sheva,Sheva,i will miss you, Ukraine will miss you please let us know your last game,would like to come,thank you for putting Ukraine on the map i am very proud of you,now you can relax, A big THANK YOU,xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Jad  •  Es Snoubra, Lebanon  •  1 day 3 hours ago
    Best Striker ever respect
  • as knives  •  1 day 11 hours ago
    A great sportsman, enjoy your time in the states
  • Rory  •  20 hours ago
    Legend.

    Never forget that hatrick against barca when he was still with Kiev.
  • David  •  Kremenchuk, Ukraine  •  21 hours ago
    Well done, Sheva; you will be sadly missed and I will definitely try to get a ticket for your farewell match. Like the Glichko brothers, you are a true sportsman and a credit to your country.
  • Taras  •  Sokal'S'Kyy Rayon, Ukraine  •  1 day 3 hours ago
    @Former AC Milan and Chelsea forward Shevchenko@ Did he play for Chelsea???? Don`t remember that...
    • daniel 1 day 0 hours ago
      yes.. worst 2 seasons of his life
    • peter 18 hours ago
      you prick
    • Luke Guyan 2 hours 59 minutes ago
      hahaha!!!!
  • lee  •  19 hours ago
    From an England fan the Ukraine team and fans were a credit to your country all the bad press you got here pre tournament was nonsense hold your heads high i look forward to us meeting again in the World cup.. Good luck Ukraine
  • Shuffle  •  22 hours ago
    Sheva is a legend. Back in the early 00's he was one of the most deadly strikers around, a real poacher with the ability to turn defences in a split second. He was similar to what Ibrahimovic is now really (played as point man for Milan too). After joining Chelsea his career nose-dived through. He spent the last year of his 3 year Chelsea contract on loan to Milan again where he failed to score.

    Shame really... I can see why Ukraine cherish him though. He's the only player in my lifetime from Ukraine who has become a real big name in football. If he feels like he's got a few years left in his legs then by all means he should join the MLS. He'll once again be deadly there against their amateur defenses and can enjoy his last few years of football without the Chelsea era lingering over him.
  • Shobeir  •  1 day 7 hours ago
    I never forget your wonderful plays in AC Milan, especially, one of your super goals to Dear Bufon in 1999. I hope that you are well, happy and healthy, Mr. Shevchenko.
    Shobeir Arshadnejad from IRAN.
  • A Yahoo! User  •  Brighton, England  •  16 hours ago
    good looking, kind, respectful sheva!go and kiss you wife and kids !!!!!!!!!!!!
  • A Yahoo! User  •  Calgary, Canada  •  1 day 4 hours ago
    "Shevchenko was European Footballer of the Year in 2004, the first and only Ukrainian to win the award" -- this is incorrect. Blokhin and Belanov have won the award before and are both Ukrainians. Do your homework, yahoo.
    • Shtrumf 1 day 1 hour ago
      Blokhin and Belanov weren't technically playing for Ukraine but for USSR which is why Sheva is the first ukranian footballer of the year.
    • Jeremy 1 day 0 hours ago
      shev has done his part let him go home and hug his kids and kiss his wife bravo shev
    • Jeremy 1 day 0 hours ago
      bravo shev
  • Taras  •  Sokal'S'Kyy Rayon, Ukraine  •  1 day 3 hours ago
    @he has expressed interest in a move to North America's Major League Soccer@ Hmm... It was she I guess