Ukraine manager Oleh Blokhin has released details of his 23-man squad for the forthcoming European Championships.
Blokhin has omitted uncapped goalkeeper Oleksandr Bandura of Metalurg Donetsk, while defender Vitaly Mandziuk of Dnipro and Shakhtar midfielder Taras Stepanenko will also miss out.
The list was announced the morning after the impressive 4-0 victory over Estonia, which was the Ukrainians fifth in six matches and continues an impressive unbeaten run that stretches back to last October.
Dynamo Kiev’s Andriy Yarmolenko opened the scoring with his fifth goal in his last eight international appearances, with Oleh Gusev, Andriy Voronin and Artem Milevskiy also on the score sheet.
Shakhtar’s Andriy Pyatov won his 24th cap and looks certain to be the first-choice goalkeeper for the tournament amid a goalkeeping crisis for the team – understudies Maxym Koval and Oleksandr Goryainov have just one cap between them.
Anatoliy Tymoschcuk, who played in Bayern Munich’s Champions League final defeat to Chelsea, will have a chance add to his record 114 caps, while all-time top scorer Andriy Shevchenko is also included.
Ukraine begin their Grpup D campaign in Kiev against Sweden on June 11th, before facing France in Donetsk four days later and England at the same venue the following Tuesday.
They are 29/20 to qualify for the quarter finals and 9/2 to win the group outright.
Ukraine squad for 2012:
Goalkeepers: Oleksandr Goryainov (Metalist Kharkiv), Maxym Koval (Dynamo Kiev), Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk).
Defenders: Bohdan Butko (Illychivets), Olexandr Kucher (Shakhtar Donetsk), Taras Mikhalik (Dynamo Kiev), Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Shakhtar Donetsk), Yevhen Selin (Vorskla Poltava), Yevhen Khacheridi (Dynamo Kiev), Vyacheslav Shevchuk (Shakhtar Donetsk).
Midfielders: Olexandr Aliyev (Dynamo Kiev), Denys Garmash (Dynamo Kiev), Oleh Gusev (Dynamo Kiev), Yevhen Konoplyanka (Dnipro), Serhiy Nazarenko (Tavriya Simferopol), Ruslan Rotan (Dnipro), Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (Bayern Munich), Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kiev).
Forwards: Andriy Voronin (Dinamo Moscow), Marko Devic (Metalist Kharkiv), Artem Milevskiy (Dynamo Kiev), Yevhen Seleznyov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Andriy Shevchenko (Dynamo Kiev).
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