Sheva Given Ukraine Breather

LONDON, UK -- Chelsea new-boy Andriy Shevchenko was left out of Ukraine's squad for Tuesday's friendly with Azerbaijan in order to adjust to life in England.

Shevchenko - given rest by Blokhin

The $56.6 million summer signing from AC Milan scored on his Blues debut in Sunday's FA Community Shield defeat to Liverpool but head coach Oleg Blokhin feels he still needs time to adapt to his new surroundings.

Strike partner Sergei Rebrov will also miss the game through injury.

Of the squad called up by Blokhin, only 14 outfield players and two goalkeepers are preparing for the game.

Blokhin admitted in his pre-match press conference that he failed to persuade Andriy Gusin to come out of international retirement for the Euro 2008 qualifiers.

"We spoke for 40 minutes with Gusin and I tried to persuade him to stay," Blokhin said.

"However, he made the decision, and I respect it. I hope Gusin will return to the national team some time."

Blokhin also warned recalled midfielder Olexander Rykun Tuesday's friendly would be his "last chance" to impress, saying: "If Rykun will not use his last chance, he will never be in the national team."

Source: Sky Sports