France could face the 45-year-old assistant coach on goal against Ukraine as retired Shovkovskiy is drafted into the squad


KYLIAN MBAPPE could face a 45-year-old former goaltender who retired four years ago tonight.

The Paris Saint-Germain striker has been included in the France squad to face Ukraine in the international friendly.


Shovkovskiy could face one of the world’s deadliest finishers if called up against FranceCrédits: Getty Images – Getty

But Ukraine is upset because they only have one fit keeper for the game – with three other shooting goalscorers excluded by the coronavirus.

Head coach Andriy Shevchenko has therefore decided to include assistant head coach Oleksandr Shovkovskiy on the bench.

This is despite Shovkovskiy retiring from football in 2016 and last playing for his country in 2012.

He made his international debut four years before Mbappe was born.

Confirming the news in a statement on their official website, the country’s FA said: “Due to the fact that there is only one healthy goalkeeper left in the Ukrainian national team, the staff of he coaches of the blues-yellows have decided to include assistant head coach Oleksandr Shovkovskiy in the candidacy for a friendly with France.

“It should be noted that the UEFA regulations allow players to include in the list of match participants, including players who do not have a professional contract with any club, but who are citizens of the country represented by the team. ”

Ukraine don’t expect Shovkovskiy, who made 426 appearances for Dynamo Kiev, to play.

But clearly, he’ll get the call if goalie Georgiy Bushchan gets injured.

World champion France and her team of superstars will undoubtedly appreciate their chances against a keeper who is out of shape, to say the least.

Former Dynamo Kiev keeper was good in his day – but that was over a decade agoCrédit: Times Newspapers Ltd
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World champion Mbappe could start a friendly riotCrédits: Getty Images – Getty

First-choice goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov has not been named to Shevchenko’s squad after contracting coronavirus.

Real Madrid substitute goalkeeper Andriy Lunin and FC Oleksandriya’s Yuriy Pankiv have also been sent off after contracting the deadly virus.

Shovkovskiy played 92 times for his country between 1994 and 2012, playing a leading role in Ukraine’s race to the World Cup quarter-finals in 2006.

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