Oleg Shelayev, the former midfielder of the Ukraine national football team tried to explain why 33-year old midfielder of the Ukrainian national team Yevhen Konoplyanka came on as a substitute on the 90th minute of the qualifying match Euro 2024 England - Ukraine (2:0).
"It's not me who should answer this question, but the head coach. And if he explains logically, there is no problem. Perhaps Konoplyanka needed to feel the atmosphere in the current Ukrainian national team.
We need to understand from the head coach's answer what was behind that action, what decision the coaching staff made letting Zhenya onto the soccer field. Earlier, Konoplyanka did a lot of good for our soccer, perhaps he was promised a substitution", - said Shelayev.