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Ukraine coach Blokhin blows fuse over Shevchenko questions

Ukraine coach Oleh Blokhin lost his rag over questions whether Andriy Shevchenko would make their clash with England.

Blokhin conceded that the 35-year-old former Chelsea striker has only a 50-50 chance of being available against Roy Hodgson's side because of a knee problem.

He initially said: "After the game against France, Shevchenko had an injured knee and we are doing everything possible to prepare him for the game.

"Our team doesn't have many stars like France, Italy or Spain. Shevchenko's role is very big, especially in the attacking line. There's no other striker who's so good in Ukraine.

"I think if he's not able to play tomorrow it will be a big loss for us.

"I said already that the chances are 50-50. I can't only think about Shevchenko as I have other options. The decision will be made before dinner tomorrow."

Blokhin started to lose his cool after being asked why Shevchenko had failed to make a big impact at Chelsea and then whether the striker should retire after Euro 2012.

He said: "Let's call Shevchenko and ask Shevchenko. I don't have only Shevchenko in my team. I don't look good in front of my players if I talk only about Sheva, his career and his private life.

"I have 22 other players. Stop asking about Shevchenko. The subject is closed. It's 50-50. I will make a decision tomorrow."

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