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May 15, 2012

Shevchenko ready to play at Euros

Ukraine's all-time leading scorer Andriy Shevchenko insists he is fit and ready to captain the host nation at next month's European Championship.

Shevchenko, 35, had been a major doubt for the finals in his homeland having suffered with thigh and back problems in recent months, but was nonetheless included in Oleg Blokhin's initial 26-man squad last week.

And the former Chelsea and AC Milan striker, who has scored 46 goals in 105 games for the national team, believes he has overcome his fitness issues and is capable of leading Ukraine's line next month.

"I feel on good form. Nothing is bothering me now," Shevchenko said. "My fitness is good. I hope to improve it even further during training. I will do my best to be on top form for the Euros."

Ukraine's opening fixture of Euro 2012 is against Sweden on June 11, while they also face France and England in Group D.

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