The Russia national football team announces their squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with the following players:
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA), Vladimir Gabulov (Brugge), Andrey Lunyov (Zenit).
Defenders: Vladimir Granat (Rubin), Sergey Ignashevich (CSKA), Fyodor Kudryashov (Rubin), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak), Andrey Semyonov (Akhmat), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit), Mario Fernandes (CSKA).
Midfielders: Yuriy Gazinskiy (Krasnodar), Alexander Golovin (CSKA), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA), Aleksandr Erokhin (Zenit), Yuri Zhirkov (Zenit), Roman Zobnin (Spartak), Daler Kuzyayev (Zenit), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv), Alexander Samedov (Spartak), Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal).
Forwards: Artyom Dzyuba (Arsenal), Aleksey Miranchuk (Lokomotiv), Fyodor Smolov (Krasnodar).
The main problem of the Russia national team is injuries. The forward Alexander Kokorin and the defender Georgi Dzhikiya are missing the home World Cup through injuries. Another problem of the Russians is their defensive line. The coach Stanislav Cherchesov had quickly to persuade the team veteran Sergey Ignashevich (he and Tim Cahill are the oldest participants of the tournament), to return to the squad.
Note that in the squad of the Russians only one footballer performs beyond Russia. He is Denis Cheryshev representing the Spanish Villarreal.
The main hopes of the Russia national team are pinned on the midfielder Alexander Golovin and the forward Fyodor Smolov. These two players highly likely will go to serious European clubs according to the World Cup results.