Shevchuk has pushed himself up the pecking order in coach Oleg Blokhin’s plans in the last year, making an impression in some of Ukraine’s warm-up games and ensuring he made the cut for the Euro 2012 party.
A left-back who offers energy moving forward and decent solidity in his defensive duties, he has been a senior international since 2003 without ever making too many waves in Ukraine colours.
Now 32, Shevchuk believes his best years may still be ahead of him as he suggests he could play until he is 40. “You look at the best athletes who take care of their bodies and focus on the right diet and exercise and they play for a long time,” he says. “I feel I could play for another eight years and I am still improving all the time.”