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Doomed Myk wields the axe; UKRAINE v POLAND Live 5pm BBC Red button.

MYKHAILO FOMENKO will axe seven of the Ukraine players who have left him a dead man walking for today's clash with Poland.

Fomenko is braced for the bullet when he returns to Kiev after defeats by Germany and Northern Ireland put them out of the Euros.

The 67-year-old has lost just six of 36 games in charge yet Ukraine were branded amateurs by their media after losing 2-0 to the Irish.

But Fomenko said: "If we were an amateur team the players would not want to play this game. But they are professionals and will fulfil their obligations like professionals.

"The players will have to show their honour.

"My future? Well after the way this tournament has developed, there is a decision to make."

All seven drafted in, including 37-year-old Anatoliy Tymoshchuk and fellow midfielder Ruslan Rotan, 34, have not yet played in the Euros.

Even so, Poland coach Adam Nawalka is taking nothing for granted and said: "We will approach this game as we have the other two - in great detail mentally and tactically."

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Date:Jun 21, 2016
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