The Russian national football team has decided on its squad for the Confederations Cup. The list includes the following players:
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA), Vladimir Gabulov (Arsenal), Marinato Guilherme (Lokomotiv).
Defenders: Roman Shishkin (Krasnodar), Viktor Vasin (CSKA), Georgy Dzhikiya (Spartak), Ruslan Kambolov (Rubin), Fyodor Kudryashov (Rostov), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak).
Midfielders: Igor Smolnikov (Zenit), Yury Gazinsky (Krasnodar), Denis Glushakov (Spartak), Aleksey Miranchuk (Lokomotiv), Aleksander Golovin (CSKA), Yuri Zhirkov (Zenit), Aleksander Samedov (Spartak), Aleksander Yerokhin (Rostov), Dmitry Tarasov (Lokomotiv), Dmitry Kombarov (Spartak).
Forwards: Dmitry Poloz (Rostov), Fyodor Smolov (Krasnodar), Aleksander Bukharov (Rostov), Maksim Kanunnikov (Rubin).
The team coach Stanislav Cherchesov calls for the tournament, perhaps, all the anchormen. The situation with the injured players becomes a serious problem for the tournament hosts. The forward Artem Dzyuba, midfielders Alan Dzagoev and Mario Fernández won't be able to take part in the Confederations Cup. Also, Roman Zobnin, one of the main discoveries of the last Russian Football Premier-League, was seriously injured before the tournament start.
The Russian national football team, as it today, looks a quite average team. All the players represent the national championship, and teams from the Russian Football Premier-League have achieved no significant success in the European tournaments long ago. The team defense is presented by young players who have no due experience in the large international tournaments. In the attacking lines the Russians have serious losses – Zobnin, Dzyuba, and especially Dzagoev are the key team players.
The key hopes of the Russians are connected with the head coach Stanislav Cherchesov who is famous for his skills to organize the teams strict game, and also the forward Fyodor Smolov who became the top scorer of the Russian Football Premier-League and who, by hearsay, is the object of interest of the leading clubs of Europe.
Nevertheless, for the Russian national football team the getting into the semi-final will become great success.