Tuesday 26 September 2017

Euro 2012: 'Clever' Shevchenko a major concern for Blanc

Jeremy Wilson

Andriy Shevchenko yesterday revealed his interest in moving to Major League Soccer, but, even after his fairytale start to Euro 2012, has also admitted that he could retire this summer.

The 35-year-old has been the improbable star of the tournament so far, with his two headed goals in the 2-1 win against Sweden giving co-hosts Ukraine a real chance to progress through England's Group D.

Today they face France in expected temperatures of 37C in Donetsk.

"It's so important because this is my last competition with the national team. I'll decide after Euro 2012 what I'm going to do, whether I'll carry on in football or maybe finish, whether I'll move in Europe, stay in Ukraine or have the opportunity to go to the US," said Shevchenko.

"I've waited a long time for a big competition like this. I prepared for six months, slowly, slowly to come in and be in my best form. It's a moment to show everyone my quality."

France manager Laurent Blanc yesterday warned his players of Shevchenko's "clever" movement and also expressed his concern at temperatures in Donetsk.

France, for whom Yann M'Vila is expected to return in midfield, cancelled their planned training session in the Donbass Arena yesterday due to the heat.

"It's like an oven," said Blanc, who criticised his players for their performance against England.

"If we repeat our performance from first 30 minutes against a really good team, the match will be over," he said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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