Andriy Shevchenko believes he still has the sharpness and bite in front of goal to discomfort England at Wembley despite failing to reignite his career back at Milan after his desperate two-year spell in the Premier League with Chelsea.
“I don’t think the lack of playing practice has ever had an influence on my game in the national team,” said Shevchenko, who has 39 goals from 85 appearances for Ukraine. “Hopefully, this time will be the same. Someone told me about the 40th goal, but getting a good result in the game against England is more important than my own statistics. A successful result in this match will give us a good chance to qualify for the World Cup for a second time”.