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SHEVCHENKO TO RING THE CHANGES FOR NIGERIA FRIENDLY

Ukraine national team manager Andriy Shevchenko has revealed there will be changes to the starting line-up for the friendly against Nigeria.

Ukraine defeated Lithuania 3-0 on Saturday in Euro 2000 qualifying, with goals from Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko, Marlos and Ruslan Malinovskyi.

“There are no niggles, everyone is training. But I can assure you that there will certainly be changes,” said the AC Milan legend.

“Today’s training will give us information on the status of the players, and tomorrow we will decide on the composition. We will give a chance to those who played less.”

That could mean the likes of Yevhen Konoplyanka and Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin, on loan at Real Valladolid, could be in line to start against Nigeria.

Tuesday will mark the first time in 10 years that Ukraine have played in the Dnipro Arena; they beat England 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier then, with current FC Dnipro assistant manager Serhiy Nazarenko scoring the game’s only goal.

Shevchencko also paid his respects to the Super Eagles, describing Gernot Rohr’s side as “a very good team” and “physically strong, with good performers”.

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