Andriy Voronin became the second
Ukraine striker to quit the national team after Tuesday's Euro
2012 defeat by England following Andriy Shevchenko's decision to
retire from international football.
"I am leaving the Ukraine team. I took this decision in
advance. I have chosen to focus on a club career because I am
not young enough to combine both roles," the sport.ua website
quoted him as saying after the 1-0 Group D loss.
The defeat eliminated co-hosts Ukraine from the tournament.
Earlier, the talismanic Shevchenko, who is 35, also
announced he would retire from the national team after he plays
in a friendly to say farewell to the fans.
Voronin, who turns 33 next month, has scored eight goals in
74 games for Ukraine. The stocky forward, who was Dynamo Moscow
captain last season, has never played for a Ukrainian club.
He moved to Germany at the age of 16 to join Borussia
Monchengladbach and played for several other German clubs also
before an unsuccessful spell at Liverpool.
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