Andriy Shevchenko to decide his future within the next two weeks

Andriy Shevchenko
Andriy Shevchenko to consider future

Former Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko says he will decide his future within the next two weeks.

The 35-year-old announced his international retirement following Ukraine's exit from Euro 2012.

Shevchenko will be a free agent next month when his contract at Dynamo Kiev expires and he plans to take a short break before making a decision.

"I will spend some time talking with my family to decide what I want to do," he said.

Shevchenko is hugely popular in Ukraine and is the record goalscorer for his country with 48 goals in 111 appearances.

Two of those goals came in the co-host's 2-1 victory over Sweden this month, although he was unable to help them progress out of the group stage.

The former Chelsea striker has struggled with back and knee issues and has not ruled out retiring from playing completely.

"I will maybe have a couple more years playing football or maybe stop and become a coach," Shevchenko added.

"We will see what happens but I want to stay in football because I love this game."

Despite failing to reach the knock-out stage of Euro 2012, Shevchenko says he is proud of how his country performed as co-hosts.

Concerns had been expressed about elements of racist football fans tarnishing the tournament in Ukraine, but Shevchenko hopes perceptions have now changed.

"It is normal when you don't know a country that there can be a lot of bad press, but now I hope everything will change and English people will come and visit the Ukraine," he said.

"I am very proud of my country and that they hosted the European Championship. I think the country did a great job."

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