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Shevchenko: Ukraine can reach Euro 2012 final

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 5 Jun 2012

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Andriy Shevchenko believes Ukraine have what it takes to reach the final of Euro 2012, providing they play to their potential.

While the former Chelsea and AC Milan ace acknowledges the path to the Olympic Stadium in Kiev will be challenging, he believes getting there is possible.

“If we show our quality and have a bit of luck, we can reach the final,” Shevchenko told reporters.

“I understand that will be extremely difficult but you only get one chance to make history.”

Shevchenko has been an excellent servant for Ukraine, scoring 46 goals in 107 appearances, but was widely expected to call time on his international career prior to the tournament.

However, he revealed seeing his country host a European Championship convinced him to prolong his duties with Ukraine, but insisted he would put their interests ahead of his own.

“For the last five years I’ve hardly thought about anything but the European Championship that will be held in my country,” Shevchenko said.

“It’s fair to say this has extended my career. It’s my dream.

“I need more time for rehabilitation. That’s natural. If I’m not completely fit I don’t want to play and let down the fans. I want to do what’s best for the side.”

Ukraine’s last warm-up match is against Turkey on Monday, before they begin their Euro 2012 campaign against Sweden on June 11.

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