Andriy Shevchenko has rejected the chance to become Ukraine coach after admitting it would be a "premature step".
Shevchenko, the country's record goalscorer with 48 goals in 111 appearances, was last week handed the opportunity to succeed Oleg Blokhin in the role following Blokhin's decision to join Dynamo Kiev.
But the 36-year-old, who played for Dynamo, AC Milan and Chelsea in a glittering playing career, believes he is not yet ready.
"Representing the national team for many years was a great honour for me and with the team I enjoyed many memorable moments and vivid emotions,'' he said in a statement posted on the Ukraine Football Federation (FFU) website.
"I am grateful to the Federation for the high level of confidence they placed in me by offering me the chance to lead the national team.
"But I think today, to lead a team like Ukraine is a somewhat premature step for me.
"I hope the leadership of the FFU will react with understanding to my decision.
"I am confident the ...