Schalke’s Roman Neustadter makes Russia’s 23-man squad for Euro 2016
Schalke defender Roman Neustadter, who formerly played for Germany, has been included in Russia’s squad for the European Championship.football Updated: May 22, 2016 14:51 IST
Schalke defender Roman Neustadter, who formerly played for Germany, has been included in Russia’s squad for the European Championship.
Neustadter, who was born in the Soviet Union in what is now Ukraine, qualifies for a first Russia call-up because his two caps for Germany were both in friendlies.
Besides Neustadter, Brazilian-born goalkeeper Guilherme could make his competitive debut for Russia after receiving a passport earlier this year.
There were few other surprises in the 23-man squad revealed on Saturday, although two important players from qualifying, left wing-back Yuri Zhirkov and right back Oleg Kuzmin, missed out through injury.
Regular captain Roman Shirokov is included despite recent speculation in the Russian media that he would not make the cut after dropping out of league champion CSKA Moscow’s first team. CSKA’s coach Leonid Slutsky is also coach of Russia.
Russia, which will host the 2018 World Cup, is in Group B for the European Championship with England, Wales and Slovakia.
The tournament in France starts on June 10.
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Guilherme (Lokomotiv Moscow), Yuri Lodygin (Zenit St. Petersburg).
Defenders: Alexei Berezutsky (CSKA Moscow), Vasily Berezutsky (CSKA Moscow), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Dmitry Kombarov (Spartak Moscow), Roman Neustadter (Schalke), Georgy Shchennikov (CSKA Moscow), Roman Shishkin (Lokomotiv Moscow), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St. Petersburg).
Midfielders: Igor Denisov (Dynamo Moscow), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Denis Glushakov (Spartak Moscow), Alexander Golovin (CSKA Moscow), Oleg Ivanov (Terek Grozny), Pavel Mamaev (FC Krasnodar), Alexander Samedov (Lokomotiv Moscow), Oleg Shatov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Roman Shirokov (CSKA Moscow).
Forwards: Artyom Dzyuba (Zenit St. Petersburg), Alexander Kokorin (Zenit St. Petersburg), Fyodor Smolov (FC Krasnodar).