The head coach did not call in Igor Denisov’s team, with whom he had a conflict.
The Russian Football Union has published an expanded squad for Russia, which will prepare for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It included 35 players, while for training camps in Novogorsk (May 18-20) and Austria (May 20-31), 28 people will go, and only 23 will go to the World Cup.
Almost all the members of the team perform in Russian clubs, with the exception of three players. Two players – naturalized Brazilians, that is, received Russian citizenship. The head coach of the national team Stanislav Cherchesov did not include Igor Denisov, the team-champion of Russia of this season, in the midfielder of the season, with whom, according to the media, he had a conflict.
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA), Vladimir Gabulov (“Bruges” Belgium), Soslan Janaev (“Rubin” Kazan), Andrei Lunev (Zenit St. Petersburg).
Defenders: Vladimir Granat, Ruslan Kambolov, Fedor Kudryashov (all – Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Roman Neustetter (Fenerbahce Turkey), Constantine Raush (Dynamo Moscow), Andrey Semenov Ahmat “Grozny), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Mariu Fernandez (CSKA).
Midfielders: Yuri Gazinsky (Krasnodar), Alexander Golovin, Alan Dzagoev (both CSKA), Alexander Erokhin, Yuri Zhirkov and Daler Kuzyaev (all – Zenit St. Petersburg), Roman Zobnin and Alexander Samedov (both – Spartak Moscow ), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Alexander Tashaev (Dynamo Moscow), Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal Spain).
Forwards: Artem Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), Alexei Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Fedor Smolov (Krasnodar), Fedor Chalov (CSKA).
The expanded line-up included goalkeeper Marinato Guilherme (Lokomotiv), defenders Vladislav Ignatiev (Lokomotiv) and Dmitry Kombarova (Spartak), midfielders Denis Glushakov (Spartak) and Anton Shvets (Akhmat), as well as attackers “Zenith” Anton Zabolotny and Dmitry Poloz. These players will fall into the main lineup as a last resort.
Before the World Cup, Russia is scheduled two friendly matches – May 30 with Austria in Innsbruck and June 5 with Turkey in Moscow. The national team, as host country of the 2018 World Cup, was in the group “A”: on June 14 she will play with Saudi Arabia in Moscow, June 19 with Egypt in St. Petersburg, and June 25 against Uruguay in Samara.