You know the way Toni Kroos is a secret Englishman? Loves Robbie Williams and the darts? Effectively, Andriy Shevchenko is identical.
The Ukraine supervisor nonetheless owns a home in Surrey so he can play golf at Wentworth with John Terry and sometimes will get alongside to Chelsea matches with shut pal Roman Abramovich.
His 14-year-old son, Kristian, is definitely a part of the Blues academy and will play for England in the future, if he needed to.
However, forward of his nation’s quarter-final towards the Three Lions at Euro 2020, it wasn’t on these shores the place Shevchenko made his identify. Fairly the alternative.
The sport will happen in Italy, the place the 44-year-old turned probably the most legendary strikers in historical past with AC Milan, and he’s a full-on superstar in Ukraine.
It’s simply England the place he has one thing to show, following that disastrous spell with Chelsea.
Even earlier than that, it was his poor penalty which Jerzy Dudek saved as Liverpool received the 2005 Champions League remaining towards AC Milan.
Nevertheless, becoming a member of Chelsea for a then-record £30million in 2006, simply two years after profitable the Ballon d’Or, few may’ve predicted how poor the Ukrainian would show to be.
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All through his profession, it was all the time thought Abramovich needed Shevchenko picked greater than Jose Mourinho did, apparently inflicting fractures within the relationship between supervisor and proprietor.
Mourinho famously mimed a golf swing when requested the place his striker was in the direction of the tip of the 2006/07 season.
That will maybe be vindicated by the very fact Shevchenko performed off scratch at one level, primarily adequate to show professional, and that doesn’t occur with out a good bit of follow.
Avram Grant, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Carlo Ancelotti didn’t actually fancy him both, and Shevchenko left England in 2009 with simply 9 Premier League objectives in 48 appearances.
After three extra years at boyhood membership Dynamo Kiev, Shevchenko stop soccer for politics – and that didn’t go so effectively both.
After taking second place on the social gathering listing for ‘Ukraine – Ahead!’, hey acquired simply 1.58 per cent of the nationwide votes and didn’t win parliamentary illustration in 2012.
Turning again to soccer, Shevchenko has enhanced his fame as a legend in Ukraine by sealing qualification for Euro 2020 and now advancing to the quarter-finals.
You get the image: he’s nice in Italy and Ukraine, not so nice in England. So we will name that two out of three for tonight’s match.