Coach Sargis Hovsepyan has named a 23-man Armenia squad to play Serbia and Denmark in Group I. Roman Berezovski is the notable absentee after retirement, meaning Gevorg Kasparov will now be first-choice goalkeeper, while Gevorg Pazyan has a debut call as understudy. Artak Grigoryan is back after a lengthy exile and Hovhannes Hambartsumyan returns from suspension.
Goalkeepers: Gevorg Kasparov (Mika), Arsen Beglaryan (Ulisses), Gevorg Pazyan (Ararat).
Defenders: Robert Arzumanyan (Amkar), Hrayr Mkoyan (Esteghlal), Gael Andonyan (Olympique de Marseille), Levon Hayrapetyan (Pyunik), Kamo Hovhannisyan (Pyunik), Taron Voskanyan (Pyunik), Varazdat Haroyan (Pyunik), Hovhannes Hambartsumyan (Vardar).
Midfielders: Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund), Gevorg Ghazaryan (Marítimo), Karlen Mkrtchyan (Anji Makhachkala), Aras Özbiliz (Spartak Moskva), Marcos Pizzelli (Aktobe), Artem Simonyan (Zürich), Norair Aslanyan (Almere City), Artur Yusbashyan (Pyunik), Artak Grigoryan (Alashkert).
Forwards: Yura Movsisyan (Spartak Moskva), Ruslan Koryan (Luch-Energiya), Edgar Munucharyan (Ural).
Sargis Hovsepyan, Armenia coach
Of course, losing is always sad but believe me, there is a small reason for happiness. Our team were equal with a very strong opponent, and I am happy to see the full dedication of our players. We had a chance not to lose.
We wanted to see a better quality, and we saw a huge positive step compared to the previous matches. The team's play is improving, we just have to improve the results also, and I am sure we can do it.
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