Shevchenko in Ukraine's WC team

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:40 IST

Ukraine coach Oleh Blokhin named Andriy Shevchenko in his 23-man squad for the World Cup despite the AC Milan striker's knee injury.

Shevchenko in Ukraine's WC team

Kiev:

Ukraine coach Oleh Blokhin named Andriy Shevchenko in his 23-man squad for the World Cup despite the AC Milan striker's knee injury. Shevchenko, tied for fourth in Italy's Series A with 19 goals this season, hurt his knee earlier this month against Parma. But he plans to take part in the World Cup, Ukraine's first ever appearance at a major soccer tournament. Dynamo Kiev goalkeeper Oleksandr Shovkovsky is also on the list despite struggling with a collarbone injury. Shovkovsky, however, showed no sign of injury when he played Sunday in the Ukrainian league. In one of the few unexpected moves, Blokhin also named 21-year-old Andriy Pyatov, who plays for Ukraine's youth team. The squad will include eight players from Dynamo Kiev, five from Shakhtar Donetsk, four from Dnipro Dniproptrovsk and four from outside of Ukraine. Ukraine became the first European team to qualify for the World Cup by winning its group ahead of European champion Greece, 2002 World Cup semifinalist Turkey and Denmark. At the World Cup, Ukraine will face Spain, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia in Group H. Squad: Goalkeepers: Oleksander Shovkovsky (Dynamo Kiev), Andriy Pyatov (Vorskla Poltava), Bogdan Shust (Shakhtar Donetsk) Defenders: Andriy Nesmachny (Dynamo Kiev), Vladyslav Vashchyuk (Dynamo Kiev), Serhiy Fyodorov (Dynamo Kiev), Volodymyr Yesersky (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Andriy Rusol (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Dmytro Chigrinsky (Shakhtar Donetsk), Vyacheslav Svidersky (Arsenal Kiev) Midfielders: Anatoly Tymoshchyuk (Shakhtar Donetsk), Oleg Gusiev (Dynamo Kiev), Ruslan Rotan (Dynamo Kiev), Serhiy Nazarenko (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Oleg Shelayev (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Andriy Husin (Krylya Sovietov Samara), Serhiy Rebrov (Dynamo Kiev), Maxim Kalinichenko (Spartak Moscow) Forwards: Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan), Andriy Voronin (Bayer Leverkusen), Artyom Milevsky (Dynamo Kiev), Andriy Vorobei (Shakhtar Donetsk), Olexiy Belik (Shakhtar Donetsk) (AP)

Topics : Football Ukraine
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