Devic recalled for Ukraine World Cup qualifiers
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine coach Mykhailo Fomenko is sticking to his guns by calling up all but one of the 25 players he previously chose, for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Poland and San Marino.
Back is red hot forward Marko Devic, who has 13 goals in 11 rounds of domestic league play. Also returning are wingers Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka, who will be joined by veteran midfield stalwart Anatoliy Tymoshchuk of Zenit St. Petersburg.
One point behind first-place England in Europe Group H, Ukraine will play Poland behind closed doors in Kharkiv on Oct. 11 after being penalized by FIFA for discrimination and racism infractions. It will wrap up group qualifying at San Marino on Oct. 15.
Goalkeepers: Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Maksym Koval (Dynamo Kyiv), Rustam Khudzhamov (Illichivets Mariupol)
Defenders: Vyacheslav Shevchuk (Shakhtar Donetsk), Oleksandr Kucher (Shakhtar Donetsk), Yaroslav Rakytsky (Shakhtar Donetsk), Yevhen Khacheridi (Dynamo Kyiv), Vitaliy Mandziuk (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Artem Fedetsky (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk)
Midfielders: Oleh Husiev (Dynamo Kyiv), Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kyiv), Roman Bezus (Dynamo Kyiv), Yevhen Konoplyanka (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Ruslan Rotan (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Mykola Moroziuk (Metalurh Donetsk), Taras Stepanenko (Shakhtar Donetsk), Edmar Halovsky (Metalist Kharkiv), Denys Dedechko (Vorskla Poltava), Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (Zenit St. Petersburg), Dmytro Khomchenovsky (Zorya Luhansk), Oleksandr Kovpak (Sevastopol), Oleksiy Hai (Chornomorets Odesa).
Forwards: Yevhen Seleznyov (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Roman Zozulya (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Marko Devic (Metalist Kharkiv).