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Old guard return for Russia

Published: Tuesday 26 August 2003, 19.30CET
Alexandre Mostovoi is among the players recalled to face Switzerland and the Republic of Ireland.
Published: Tuesday 26 August 2003, 19.30CET

Old guard return for Russia

Alexandre Mostovoi is among the players recalled to face Switzerland and the Republic of Ireland.

Russia's new coach, Georgi Yartsev, has named a 28-man squad for next month's UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying matches against the Republic of Ireland and Switzerland.

Back in favour
Yartsev has welcomed back several players for the Group 10 games in Dublin on 6 September and in Moscow four days later. Recalled are goalkeeper Viatcheslav Malafeev, and midfield players Yegor Titov, Alexandre Mostovoi, Dmitri Alenichev, Igor Semshov, Vladislav Radimov and Valeri Essipov.

Goalkeeping prodigy
Radimov was last capped in 1998 while Essipov, 31, returns after a nine-year absence.The only new face is 17-year-old PFC CSKA Moskva goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, who is enjoying a fine debut season in the Russian Premier League.

Playing catch-up
Russia are currently third in Group 10, three points behind the Republic of Ireland and five adrift of Switzerland. However, they have a game in hand on both countries. Yartsev's team will end their campaign with a home match against Georgia on 11 October.

Russia squad
Ovchinnikov, Malafeev, Akinfeev, Nizhegorodov, Evseev, Ignashevich, Sennikov, Onopko, Solomatin, Kovtun, Khokhlov, Loskov, Gusev, Titov, Radimov, Arshavin, Aldonin, Essipov, Mostovoi, Alenichev, Semshov, Smertin, Kariaka, Kerzhakov, Pavlyuchenko, Kirichenko, Sytchev, Bulykin.

Last updated: 26/08/03 17.32CET

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