Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko has decided to announce his retirement from the international game following his team's elimination from Euro 2012.

Ukraine needed to beat England on Tuesday in the final match of Group D play to advance to the quarterfinals, but a 1-0 defeat, in which Shevchenko was used as a second-half substitute, wasn't enough to keep the co-hosts in the tournament.

The former AC Milan and Chelsea player is a legend in Ukraine, where he is both the youngest and oldest player to have scored for the national team, while also leading his nation with 48 goals in 111 appearances.

Shevchenko has said that he will play in one more friendly with Ukraine as a farewell before retiring, but he exits having made one last memory at Euro 2012 as he scored both goals in a 2-1 win over Sweden to open the competition for his side.