Ukraine select 23-man squad for Euro 2016

Can Ukraine go one step further than 2012?

Ukraine select 23-man squad for Euro 2016
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Mykhaylo Fomenko has announced a strong 23-man line-up for the upcoming European Championships in just under a week's time.

The Ukrainian manager made no shock inclusions or exclusions, with the star men all included in the squad.

Play-offs needed

Pitted against the likes of Spain and Slovakia, it was always going to be a battle to make it into the top to places and automatically qualify for France.

They eventually came third, finishing three points behind Slovakia in second - their haul of one point from a possible 12 against the teams above them told the story.

However, a confident 3-1 aggregate win over Slovenia in the play-offs saw them into the finals with relative ease.

Can wing wizards fire Ukraine into the knock-out rounds?

Despite having a physically strong and able squad, as well as some talented holding players, all the focus will be on Ukraine's highly sought-after attacking midfielders.

Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka are expected to be a handful this summer, and defenders have already spoken about their concerns facing both.

Whether or not they will be able to provide the creative spark needed remains to be seen but they carry a nation's hopes on their shoulders.

Ukraine celebrate their opener against Romania. | Image source: AFP/Getty Images
Ukraine celebrate their opener against Romania. | Image source: AFP/Getty Images

Ukraine squad in full

Goalkeepers: Denys Boyko (Beşiktaş), Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Mykyta Shevchenko (Zorya Luhansk).

Defenders: Bohdan Butko (Amkar Perm), Yevhen Khacheridi (Dynamo Kyiv), Oleksandr Kucher (Shakhtar Donetsk), Vyacheslav Shevchuk (Shakhtar Donetsk), Artem Fedetskyi (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Yaroslav Rakitskiy (Shakhtar Donetsk).

Midfielders: Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (Kairat Almaty), Taras Stepanenko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kyiv), Viktor Kovalenko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Yevhen Konoplyanka (Sevilla), Ruslan Rotan (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Serhiy Sydorchuk (Dynamo Kyiv), Serhiy Rybalka (Dynamo Kyiv), Denys Harmash (Dynamo Kyiv), Oleksandr Zinchenko (Ufa), Oleksandr Karavayev (Zorya Luhansk).

Forwards: Roman Zozulya (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Yevhen Seleznyov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Pylyp Budkivskyi (Zorya Luhansk).