Dick Advocaat announces provisional Russia squad for Euro 2012

May 13, 2012
By: Nemanja Lazarevic

Russia boss Dick Advocaat has named provisional 26-man squad for the European Championship in Poland and Ukraine.

There are two uncapped players in the squad; Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder Magomed Ozdoev and Dinamo Moscow defender Vladimir Granat.

Spartak Moscow forward Artem Dzyuba is hoping to earn his only second cap, while Rubin Kazan captain Roman Sharonov returns to the side following an eight-year absence.

Sporting Lisbon in-form midfielder Marat Izmailov is back after a six-year international exile, but he is expected to play a major part at the final tournament.

CSKA Moscow defender Vasili Berezutski has been called even tough he is doubtful with a thigh problem, whereas Russia Premier League champions Zenit have no less than seven players in the squad.

Russian have been placed alongside Poland, Czech Republic and Greece in Group A and they are 2.50 (3/2) favourites with Bodog to qualify as group winners.

Russia provisional squad

Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (PFC CSKA Moskva), Vyacheslav Malafeev (FC Zenit St Petersburg), Anton Shunin (FC Dinamo Moskva).

Defenders: Aleksandr Anyukov (FC Zenit St Petersburg), Aleksei Berezutski (PFC CSKA Moskva), Vasili Berezutski (PFC CSKA Moskva), Sergei Ignashevich (PFC CSKA Moskva), Vladimir Granat (FC Dinamo Moskva), Yuri Zhirkov (FC Anzhi Makhachkala), Dmitri Kombarov (FC Spartak Moskva), Roman Sharonov (FC Rubin Kazan), Roman Shishkin (FC Lokomotiv Moskva).

Midfielders: Igor Denisov (FC Zenit St Petersburg), Konstantin Zyryanov (FC Zenit St Petersburg), Roman Shirokov (FC Zenit St Petersburg), Denis Glushakov (FC Lokomotiv Moskva), Magomed Ozdoev (FC Lokomotiv Moskva), Igor Semshov (FC Dinamo Moskva), Marat Izmailov (Sporting Clube de Portugal), Alan Dzagoev (PFC CSKA Moskva).

Strikers: Andrey Arshavin (FC Zenit St Petersburg), Aleksandr Kerzhakov (FC Zenit St Petersburg), Artem Dzyuba (FC Spartak Moskva), Aleksandr Kokorin (FC Dinamo Moskva), Roman Pavlyuchenko (FC Lokomotiv Moskva), Pavel Pogrebnyak (Fulham FC).

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