Russia coach Dick Advocaat has named an experienced provisional squad for Euro 2012.
The Dutchman included many names in his 26-man squad from the group that countryman Guus Hiddink led to the semi-finals in Euro 2008, Russia’s last international tournament.
The exclusion of veteran midfielders Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and Vladimir Bystrov raised eyebrows in Russia, but all of the big names were included.
Captain Andrei Arshavin, on-loan from Arsenal to Zenit St Petersburg, makes the squad for instance despite continued concern in Russia at his form.
Recalling 35-year-old Roman Sharanov and Marat Izmailov, 29, after eight and six years respectively in the international wilderness is another possible sign of Advocaat’s yearning for experience.
Advocaat has also been able to bring first-choice goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev into the squad after a long injury absence.
On the other hand, two uncapped youngsters, Dynamo Moscow’s Vladimir Granat and Lokomitv Moscow’s Magomed Ozdoev, were included.
The 26-man squad is dominated by players from the Russian Premier League, with 24 currently representing teams in the competition.
Fulham’s Pavel Pogrebnyak is the only England-based player in the Russia squad, but he must vie for a spot up front with former Tottenham man Roman Pavlyuchenko. Former Chelsea defender Yuri Zhirkov has also been called up by Advocaat.
Here’s the squad in full:
Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vyacheslav Malafeev (Zenit St Petersburg), Anton Shunin (Dynamo Moscow)
Aleksander Anyukov (Zenit St Petersburg), Alexey Berezutsky (CSKA Moscow), Vasily Berezutsky (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Dynamo Moscow), Sergey Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Dmitry Kombarov (Spartak Moscow), Roman Sharanov (Rubin Kazan), Roman Shishkin (Lokomotiv Moscow), Yury Zhirkov (Anzhi Makhachkala)
Igor Denisov (Zenit St Petersburg), Denis Glushakov (Lokomotiv Moscow), Magomed Ozdoyev (Lokomotiv Moscow), Igor Semshov (Dynamo Moscow), Roman Shirokov (Zenit St Petersburg), Konstantin Zyrianov (Zenit St Petersburg)
Andrey Arshavin (Zenit St Petersburg), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Artem Dzyuba (Spartak Moscow), Marat Izmailov (Sporting Lisbon), Aleksander Kerzhakov (Zenit St Petersburg), Aleksander Kokorin (Dynamo Moscow), Roman Pavlyuchenko (Lokomotiv Moscow), Pavel Pogrebnyak (Fulham)
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