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The Independent: Ukraine hero Andrei Shevchenko now committed to the game of politics

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Sep. 10, 2012 16:06
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English defender John Terry is congratulated by Ukrainian forward Andriy Shevchenko (L) after the Euro 2012 football championships match England vs Ukraine on June 19, 2012 at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk.
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The Ukraine legend will not face England tomorrow having retired to focus on bettering, not his country's football results, but the lives of its citizens.

The last we saw of Andrei Shevchenko was back at the Donbass Arena in June. After his two headers helped Ukraine past Sweden, Shevchenko's Ukraine went down 1-0 to England despite having a perfectly good goal not given. England progressed to the usual penalty misery while Ukraine went crashing out, and for Shevchenko his substitute appearance against England in the European Championship proved to be the last act in an illustrious career that has seen him win the Champions League and the title European Footballer of the Year, among other accolades.

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