Ukraine Euro 2024 squad: Who makes the cut? Which stars miss out?

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Ukraine Euro 2024 squad: Who makes the cut? Which stars miss out?

Sports Mole takes a look at Ukraine’s squad for Euro 2024, including the key players to make the cut and the notable names to miss out on selection.

Ukraine head coach Serhiy Rebrov has selected a 26-man squad to take to this summer’s Euro 2024 in Germany.

The Blue and Yellow finished top of their qualifying group seal their place at a third consecutive European Championships.

After reaching the quarter-finals in Euro 2020, Ukraine will be looking to secure another knockout-round appearance when they compete with Belgium, Slovakia and Romania in Group E.

Here, Sports Mole looks at the players who have been selected and those individuals who have failed to make the cut.

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Four Premier League names included

Ukraine’s selection contains four players who currently ply their trade in the English top flight, including versatile Arsenal man Oleksandr Zinchenko.

The 27-year-old may no longer be a guaranteed starter for his club side, but he remains a key player for his national team and will be utilised as a central midfielder or left-back during the tournament.

Zinchenko is joined in the squad by Chelsea winger Mykhaylo Mudryk, who scored the winning goal in the qualifying playoff final against Iceland to seal Ukraine’s spot at Euro 2024.

Everton’s Vitaliy Mykolenko has been included in the selection despite missing the final four games of the Premier League season due to an ankle injury.

Meanwhile, Bournemouth’s Ilya Zabarnyi is poised to feature in his second European Championship finals after enjoying a successful campaign with Andoni Iraola‘s side.

Zabarnyi featured all bar one of Bournemouth’s 38 top-flight matches, helping the club achieve their highest Premier League points total.

Ukraine's Artem Dovbyk in action with Malta's Enrico Pepe on October 17, 2023© Reuters

Who else has made the cut?

Fresh from collecting a Champions League winners’ medal, Real Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin is likely to start the tournament in goal after featuring in both of Ukraine’s playoff matches against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iceland.

However, Lunin faces strong competition from Benfica’s first-choice goalkeeper Antoliy Trubin, who kept 13 clean sheets in 28 appearances during the 2023-24 Primeira Liga season.

Attacker Viktor Tsygankov and forward Artem Dovbyk travel to Germany in a confident mood after guiding Girona to a remarkable third-place finish in La Liga.

Tsygankov registered eight goals and seven assists in 30 league matches, while Dovbyk netted 24 goals in 36 appearances to finish the season as La Liga top scorer, fending off the likes of Alexander Sorloth, Robert Lewandowski and Jude Bellingham.

Shakhtar Donetsk’s Heorhiy Sudakov has emerged as one of Ukraine’s brightest young talents, and the 21-year-old will certainly be one to watch when he makes his major tournament debut.

Ukraine coach Serhiy Rebrov reacts on November 20, 2023© Reuters

Who will miss Euro 2024?

Dynamo Kyiv Oleksandr Karavaev featured in every game at Euro 2020 and made a couple of appearances during the qualifying campaign for the 2024 tournament.

However, the 32-year-old defender will be unable to add to his 49 caps this summer after being left out of the 26-man squad.

Karavaev’s club teammate Vitaliy Buyalskyi was another player to play a minor role in qualifying, but he will not get the chance to represent his country in Germany.

The midfielder has ultimately fallen out of favour, having failed to make an appearance since featuring as a substitute against Italy in September 2023.

Ukraine’s Euro 2024 squad

Goalkeeper: Heorhiy Bushchan (Dynamo Kyiv), Anatoliy Trubin (Benfica), Andriy Lunin (Real Madrid)

Defenders: Mykola Matviyenko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Vitaliy Mykolenko (Everton), Illya Zabarnyi (Bournemouth), Oleksandr Tymchyk (Dynamo Kyiv), Yukhym Konoplya (Shakhtar Donetsk), Bohdan Mykhaylichenko (Polissya Zhytomyr), Valeriy Bondar (Shakhtar Donetsk), Maksym Talovyerov (LASK), Oleksandr Svatok (Dnipro-1)

Midfielders: Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kyiv), Serhiy Sydorchuk (Westerlo), Oleksandr Zinchenko (Arsenal), Ruslan Malinovskyi (Genoa), Viktor Tsygankov (Girona), Taras Stepanenko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Oleksandr Zubkov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Mykola Shaparenko (Dynamo Kyiv), Mykhaylo Mudryk (Chelsea), Heorhiy Sudakov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Volodymyr Brazhko (Dynamo Kyiv)

Forwards: Roman Yaremchuk (Valencia), Artem Dovbyk (Girona), Vladyslav Vanat (Dynamo Kyiv)

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