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Zhirkov and Kerzhakov miss Russia cut

The experienced pair of Yuri Zhirkov and Aleksandr Kerzhakov have not been included in the 23-man Russia squad for UEFA EURO 2016 named by Leonid Slutski on Saturday.

Yuri Zhirkov has not been included by Leonid Slutski
Yuri Zhirkov has not been included by Leonid Slutski ©AFP/Getty Images

Russia squad for UEFA EURO 2016
Goalkeepers:Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moskva), Yuri Lodygin (Zenit), Guilherme (Lokomotiv Moskva).

Defenders: Aleksei Berezutski (CSKA Moskva), Vasili Berezutski (CSKA Moskva), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moskva), Dmitri Kombarov (Spartak Moskva), Roman Neustädter (Schalke), Georgi Schennikov (CSKA Moskva), Roman Shishkin (Lokomotiv Moskva), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit).

Midfielders: Igor Denisov (Zenit), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moskva), Aleksandr Golovin (CSKA Moskva), Denis Glushakov (Spartak Moskva), Oleg Ivanov (Terek Grozny), Pavel Mamaev (Krasnodar), Aleksandr Samedov (Lokomotiv Moskva), Oleg Shatov (Zenit), Roman Shirokov (CSKA Moskva).

Strikers: Artem Dzyuba (Zenit), Aleksandr Kokorin (Zenit), Fedor Smolov (Krasnodar).

Russia coach Leonid Slutski has named his 23-man squad for UEFA EURO 2016.

The most notable omissions are the experienced pair of Yuri Zhirkov – suffering from an Achilles injury – and Aleksandr Kerzhakov, who has not scored since 10 April. Also missing are defender Oleg Kuzmin (knee) and midfielder Denis Cheryshev (thigh).

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Schalke defender Roman Neustädter, meanwhile, makes the cut. The 28-year-old, who has previously represented Germany, is uncapped. Aleksandr Golovin, a 19-year-old who only broke into the CSKA Moskva first team recently, is also included.

Russia will begin their training camp in Switzerland on 24 May and will then take on Czech Republic (1 June) and Serbia (5 June) in pre-tournament friendlies.

Russia's Group B fixtures
11/06: England v Russia (Marseille)
15/06: Russia v Slovakia (Lille)
20/06: Russia v Wales (Toulouse)