Misfiring Liverpool striker Andrei Voronin omitted by Ukraine for World Cup playoffs

05 November 2009 11:17
Voronin, who played in Liverpool's 1-1 Champions League draw with Lyon on Wednesday night, faces a battle to make Ukraine's squad for the World Cup in South Africa next summer after missing out on a chance to impress in the two-legged play-offs against Greece on Nov 14 and 18.

The 30 year-old, who was substituted after 68 minutes at the Stade Gerland, was a a shock omission after Mikhailichenko decided to go with Dynamo Kiev strikers Andrei Shevchenko and Artem Milevskiy as well as the Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk pair Volodymyr Homenyuk and Evgen Seleznev.

 Related ArticlesJamie Carragher defiant despite Lyon setbackRafael Benítez: we need a miracle to qualify nowChampions League actionFernando Torres's loyalty provides shining lightLyon 1 Liverpool 1Sport on televisionMikhailichenko explained Voronin's absence saying that the Liverpool player was not at full fitness, despite Rafa Benítez's decision to select him against Lyon, and the striker himself declined to comment either way.

Voronin last played for his country in the 0-0 draw with Belarus in September, as a late substitute, but was then left out of the squad for their final country against Andorra last month.

Ukraine squad (to face Greece on Nov 14 and 18)Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Khudzhamov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Bogush (Dynamo Kiev); Chygrynskiy (Barcelona), Mandzyuk (Dynamo Kiev), Khacheridi (Dynamo Kiev), Kobin (Shakhtar Donetsk), Rakytsky (Shakhtar Donetsk), Kucher (Shakhtar Donetsk), Shevchuk (Shakhtar Donetsk), Rusol (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Yarmash (Vorskla Poltava); Tymoschuk (Bayern Munich), Gay (Shakhtar Donetsk), Aliev (Dynamo Kiev), Gusev (Dynamo Kiev), Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kiev), Mykhalyk (Dynamo Kiev), Rotan (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Khydobiak (Karpaty Lviv); Shevchenko (Dynamo Kiev), Milevskiy (Dynamo Kiev), Homenyuk (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Seleznev (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk).

Source: Telegraph