Thursday, November 23, 2017

Russian World Cup football coach announces 30-man roster

Fabio Capello, the coach of the 2014 Russian World Cup football team, announced the team's 30-man roster on Monday.

The 30-man squad will have to be cut down again before June 2, Soccer Laduma reports.

Russia finished the qualification round one point higher than Portugal and ended in a draw with the teams from Belgium, Algeria and South Korea.

The recently announced roster does not include Andrei Arshavin, a former winger for Arsenal, or Roman Pavlychenko, a former Tottenham striker.

The team's goalkeepers include Igor Akinfeev of CSKA Moscow, Yury Lodygin of Zenit St. Petersburg and Sergei Ryzhikov of Kazan's Rubin, according to Soccer Laduma.

Zenit St. Petersburg's Alexander Anyukov will join the team as a defender, along with several players from CSKA Moscow, including Alexei Berezutsky, Vasily Berezutsky, Sergei Ignashevich and Georgy Shchennikov.

Defenders will also include Vladimir Granat and Alexei Kozlov of Dynamo Moscow, Andrei Yeshchenko of Anzhi Makhachkala, Dmitry Kombarov of Spartak Moscow and Andrei Semenov of Terek Grozny, Soccer Laduma reports.

Igor Denisov and Yury Zhirkov, both of Dynamo Moscow, will serve on the team as midfielders, along with Alan Dzagoev of CSKA Moscow, Yury Gazinsky and Roman Shirokov of Krasnodar, Denis Glushakov of Spartak Moscow, Pavel Mogilevets of Kazan Rubin and Viktor Faizulin and Oleg Shatov of Zenit St. Petersburg.

The forwards were announced as Vladimir Bystrov of Anzhi Makhachkala, Alexander Kerzhakov of Zenit St. Petersburg, Artem Dzyuba of Rostov, Alexei Ionov and Alexander Kokorin of Dynamo Moscow, Maxim Kanunnikov of Amkar Perm, Pavel Pogrebnyak from Reading and Alexander Samedov of Lokomotiv Moscow, according to Soccer Laduma.