Voronin confident ahead of England clash
Ukraine striker Andriy Voronin has added to the build up to his countries final Group D match against England on Tuesday, calling it the “biggest game” in Ukraine history, reports The FA.
Former Liverpool striker Voronin has been an ever-present fixture in the Ukraine national side at Euro 2012 and has made 74 appearances for his country. Despite his unsuccessful Liverpool career he is still highly regarded amongst Ukraine fans since his return to Eastern Europe with Dynamo Moscow.
The 32-year-old knows a win against England would secure a quarter-final spot in what is their first European Championship appearance, and Voronin told assembled journalists: "It is very important not just for us players but the whole country. We need to win if we want to go to the quarter final so we will try to do everything we can."
Ukraine started impressively; they triumphed against Sweden, and despite their defeat to France, they still realistically have a chance of qualifying, and last time Ukraine hosted England, they won 1-0.
Voronin also confirmed the rumours circulating in the media that his strike partner Andriy Shevchenko looks set to miss out, saying: "I don’t know if Sheva will play but he has two days to be ready so we hope he can play, he is such an important player in every game for us, so everybody hopes he will come back."
Whoever wins the game will progress to the quarter-finals but England know a draw will see their passage confirmed, though Voronin concluded: "England is a very strong team but if we play how we did against Sweden then we have a chance.”
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