West Ham winger Andriy Yarmolenko is one of six senior players called up for international duty.

Yarmolenko will represent Ukraine and hopes to play in two upcoming fixtures.

But who is the Ukrainian international up against? Who will he try to get the better off?

We take a look at Yarmolenko’s upcoming week in our latest international focus piece.


Ukraine have a friendly match and a competitive game to prepare for.

First up, Yarmolenko faces Italy in Genoa on Wednesday evening. This match is a friendly encounter.

Then, the West Ham wide man has almost a week to recover before his side face Czech Republic on Tuesday.

That is a home fixture, in Kharkiv, in Group 1 of Division B in the UEFA Nations League.

Chances of playing

Yarmolenko is a regular for Ukraine and will almost certainly start against Czech Republic.

But first, he will be hoping Andriy Shevchenko does not rotate his squad too much as he will be eyeing his 80th cap against Italy in the friendly.

The 28-year-old will also be hoping to add to his tally of 36 goals. He trails his manager by 12 in the hunt to become the all-time top goal scorer for his country.


Who is he up against?

Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini have a strong partnership for both club and country. (Photo by Daniele Badolato – Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images)

There are two Chelsea players in the Italy squad. Emerson could line up at left-back against right-winger Yarmolenko.

Meanwhile, Jorginho will play in central midfield.

The Italian side is packed with well-known names. Juventus duo Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci will be hoping to limit Yarmolenko’s influence.

Former Hammer Simone Zaza, who endured a torrid spell in London, is back in the Italy squad.

Against Czech Republic, he could line up against Matej Vydra, who plays for Burnley.

Patrik Shick, 22, is their danger man up front but Bristol City’s Tomas Kalas misses out on a space in the squad.

How can this help West Ham?

Yarmolenko has had an interesting few games for West Ham. With his dangerous left foot, he is a constant threat cutting in from the right flank.

But he has wasted a few chances as well and could have more goals than he already does.

In the last international break, he scored a penalty for Ukraine. And that gave him the confidence to net a double against Everton.

If he can grab another confidence-boosting goal on international duty, Yarmolenko could inspire West Ham to a victory over Spurs.

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