Sharonov must have suspected his days on the international stage had come and gone as eight long years had passed since he received a call to pull on the Russian jersey, yet coach Dick Advocaat sprung something of a surprise when he recalled this veteran for Euro 2012.
Oozing with experience and a reliable back-up to the first team starters, he clearly wasn’t expecting to hear from Advocaat when the Russian league season came to an end as he laughed off the suggestions of one journalists who suggested he could be a dark horse to get into the final 23-man squad.
Now this former Lokomotiv Moscow right back will be eager to make up for lost time and add to his international experience before it’s too late. “I was not thinking about the prospect of going to Euro 2012 as it is a long time since I have been part of the Russia plans,” says this veteran of Euro 2004. “It is a chance I cannot ignore. I am happy to cancel my holiday for this, that’s for certain.”