Alan Dzagoev, joint top scorer at UEFA EURO 2012, and Aleksandr Kokorin have been selected by Russia for the UEFA European Under-21 Championship finals in Israel, despite being unavailable for the first game on 6 June.
PFC CSKA Moskva midfielder Dzagoev – one of six players to score a tournament-leading three goals 12 months ago in Poland and Ukraine – FC Dinamo Moskva striker Kokorin and FC Anji Makhachkala's Oleg Shatov are in the senior squad preparing to play Portugal in a key FIFA World Cup qualifier on 7 June.
However, the trio will link up with the rest of their U21 team-mates after the match in Lisbon, with the aim of being ready for Russia's second Group B fixture against the Netherlands on 9 June. Nikolai Pisarev's squad then face Germany three days later.
Russian prospects of upsetting holders Spain in their initial encounter have been further undermined by the late call-up of another Dinamo attacker, Fedor Smolov, to the senior fold. Smolov top-scored for his country in qualifying with seven goals, yet will be a fourth absentee for Pisarev to handle against the Spanish in Jerusalem a week on Thursday.
Dzagoev struck twice in a 4-1 victory against the Czech Republic on the first day of last year's UEFA European Championship, following this up with a goal during a 1-1 draw with Poland. Kokorin's EURO involvement amounted to a seven-minute cameo in Russia's opening game.
Russia will travel to Israel on Wednesday and hold a number of training sessions in Bat Yam leading up to their 6 June curtain-raiser.
Goalkeepers: Nikolai Zabolotni (FC Rostov*), Stanislav Kritsuk (SC Braga), Aleksandr Filtsov (FC Krasnodar).
Defenders: Maksin Belyaev (FC Rostov**), Taras Burlak (FC Lokomotiv Moskva), Ivan Knyazev (FC Torpedo Moskva), Ibragim Tsallagov (PFC Krylya Sovetov Samara), Nikita Chicherin (FC Dinamo Moskva), Georgi Schennikov (PFC CSKA Moskva).
Midfielders: Shota Bibilov (FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod), Sergei Bryzgalov (FC Spartak Moskva), Maksim Grigoryev (FC Lokomotiv Moskva), Roman Emelyanov (FC Illychivets Mariupil***), Aleksandr Zotov (FC Tom Tomsk*), Alan Dzagoev (PFC CSKA Moskva), Yuri Kirillov (FC Dinamo Moskva), Sergei Petrov (FC Krasnodar), Denis Cheryshev (Real Madrid CF), Oleg Shatov (FC Anji Makhachkala).
Forwards: Maksim Kanunnikov (FC Amkar Perm), Aleksandr Kokorin (FC Dinamo Moskva), Fedor Smolov (FC Anji Makhachkala****), Pavel Yakovlev (FC Spartak Moskva).
*On loan from Spartak Moskva
**On loan from Lokomotiv Moskva
***On loan from FC Shakhtar Donetsk
****On loan from Dinamo Moskva
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