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Tottenham's Sherwood wants to focus on football amidst Ukraine violence

Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood is eager to concentrate on football as his side gets set to take on Dnipro in the Europa League on Thursday night.

Spurs' meeting with the Ukrainian side takes place in the city of Dnipropetrovsk which is located about 200 miles south east of the capital of Kiev.

Kiev is currently witnessing scenes of violence and bloodshed as anti-Government demonstrators clash with police prompting a day of mourning by president Viktor Yanukovych.

Despite the severity of the situation in Kiev, Sherwood says his Tottenham team only want to focus on their clash with Dnipro as they look to gain a good start in their two-legged tie.

"We are just concentrating on playing football and getting the game out of the way," he said.

"It is never great to see scenes of violence in any country at any time. It is not something we concentrate on.

"We respect the tournament, we have come this far and we want to continue and progress in the competition."

Sherwood added that he would be fielding a very strong eleven at the Dnipro Arena tomorrow.

"The players we have left at home are the players who are injured and would not be fit to play in the team. We hope they will be fit for Sunday [the Premier League fixture at Norwich]," he added.

"We will probably have a minimum of eight internationals in the team, six of which you will probably see at the World Cup.

"It is the only cup competition we are left in and we have enough players in our squad to compete in both competitions and that is what we intend to do."

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