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Advocaat gives Kombarov first Russia call-up

FC Spartak Moskva's Dmitri Kombarov has been included in a Russia senior squad for the first time as Dick Advocaat names a 21-man party for this month's friendly with Denmark.

Dmitri Kombarov has proved to be a versatile peformer for Spartak
Dmitri Kombarov has proved to be a versatile peformer for Spartak ©Getty Images

Coach Dick Advocaat has given FC Spartak Moskva midfielder Dmitri Kombarov his first Russia call-up for the friendly against Denmark on 29 February.

Kombarov is the only new face in Advocaat's 21-man squad. The 25-year-old has represented the Under-21s and Russia B team and can also operate in defence. FC Dinamo Moskva striker Aleksandr Kokorin is retained having made his international bow last November while FC Anzhi Makhachkala goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov returns to the selection having missed out last time.

The squad will convene on 27 February before facing Denmark in Copenhagen two days later. Advocaat's men take on the Czech Republic, co-hosts Poland and Greece in Group A at UEFA EURO 2012 this summer.

Russia squad
Goalkeepers: Vyacheslav Malafeev (FC Zenit St Petersburg), Vladimir Gabulov (FC Anzhi Makhachkala).

Defenders: Aleksandr Anyukov (FC Zenit St Petersburg), Aleksei Berezutski (PFC CSKA Moskva), Vasili Berezutski (PFC CSKA Moskva), Sergei Ignashevich (PFC CSKA Moskva), Yuri Zhirkov (FC Anzhi Makhachkala), Roman Shishkin (FC Lokomotiv Moskva).

Midfielders: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (FC Spartak Moskva), Dmitri Kombarov (FC Spartak Moskva), Denis Glushakov (FC Lokomotiv Moskva), Igor Denisov (FC Zenit St Petersburg), Konstantin Zyryanov (FC Zenit St Petersburg), Roman Shirokov (FC Zenit St Petersburg), Alan Dzagoev (PFC CSKA Moskva), Igor Semshov (FC Dinamo Moskva).

Forwards: Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal FC), Aleksandr Kerzhakov (FC Zenit St Petersburg), Aleksandr Kokorin (FC Dinamo Moskva), Roman Pavlyuchenko (FC Lokomotiv Moskva), Pavel Pogrebnyak (Fulham FC).

*Vyacheslav Malafeev has withdrawn. Sergei Ryzhikov (FC Rubin Kazan) has been added.

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