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Tournament hosts Russia announce 23-man squad for World Cup

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Egypt’s World Cup group competitors and tournament hosts Russia announced their final 23-man squad that will compete in the World Cup.

 head coach Stanislav Cherchesov will be leading his national team in Group A as they prepare to clash with Saudi Arabia in the opening match on June 14, then face the Pharaohs on June 19 before facing Uruguay in the final group match on June 25.

The team recently suffered a 1-0 defeat to Austria as part of their final preparations before the world’s most prestigious event. They will be aiming to boost their confidence when they face Turkey in the last friendly match before the opener.

The squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Club Brugge), Andrey Lunev (Zenit).

Defenders: Vladimir Granat, Fedor Kudryashov (both Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Andrey Semenov (Akhmat Grozny), Sergei Ignashevich, Mario Fernandes (both CSKA Moscow), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St Petersburg).

Midfielders: Yuri Gazinskiy (Krasnodar), Alexsandr Golovin, Alan Dzagoev (both CSKA Moscow), Aleksandr Erokhin, Yuri Zhirkov, Daler Kuzyaev (all Zenit St Petersburg), Roman Zobnin, Alexsandr Samedov (both Spartak Moscow), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal).

Forwards: Artem Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), Aleksey Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Fedor Smolov (Krasnodar).

Apart from Villarreal’s Denis Cheryshev and goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov of Club Brugge, Cherchesov decided to name a domestic-based squad for the World Cup. He also decided to exclude Soslan Dzhanaev, Fedor Chalov and Alexander Tashaev.

In addition to being a hardcore football fan, Abdelrahman is a communications enthusiast who works in marketing, advertising, content creation and PR.

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