Dzagoev, Cheryshev make Russia’s squad for home World Cup

MOSCOW — Creative midfielder Alan Dzagoev and Villarreal winger Denis Cheryshev have been confirmed in Russia’s final 23-man squad for its home World Cup.

All but two of the squad play for Russian clubs, with the exceptions being Cheryshev and reserve goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov, who plays for Brugge in Belgium.

The naturalized German defenders Roman Neustaedter and Konstantin Rausch failed to make the cut from a provisional 28-man list, but Brazil-born right-back Mario Fernandes is included.

Without a win in its last six friendlies, Russia could struggle for goals in Group A against Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay. Just getting out of the group is likely to be considered a success for Russia, which lost 1-0 to Austria on Wednesday and has a final friendly Tuesday at home to Turkey.

Striker Alexander Kokorin misses the tournament with injury, meaning that forwards Fyodor Smolov and Artyom Dzyuba are under pressure to perform on home soil.

The 38-year-old centre-back Sergei Ignashevich will be one of the oldest players at the World Cup after coming out of international retirement for one last tournament. He’s still seven years younger than Egypt’s goalkeeper Essam el-Hadary, who can become the oldest player to take the field at a World Cup.

Russia was long renowned for its identical twins in defence, Vasily and Alexei Berezutsky. They retired from international football last year, but the team will bring another set of twins to the World Cup in the shape of speedy 22-year-olds Anton and Alexei Miranchuk. Anton has a central midfield role, while Alexei is more of an attacking threat, able to play on either flank or through the centre.

Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev captains the team and is one of four survivors from the Russian squad which reached the European Championship semifinals in 2008. The others are Gabulov, Ignashevich and left wing-back Yuri Zhirkov.

Russia hasn’t got past the group stage of any tournament since 2008.

Coach Stanislav Cherchesov has played with a three-man defence since he was appointed in 2016, but switched to four at the back for Wednesday’s defeat to Austria.

Russia faces Saudi Arabia in the opening game of the tournament on June 14 at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium.

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Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Brugge), Andrei Lunyov (Zenit St. Petersburg).

Defenders: Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Rubin Kazan), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Fyodor Kudryashov (Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Andrei Semyonov (Akhmat Grozny), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St. Petersburg).

Midfielders: Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Yuri Gazinsky (FC Krasnodar), Alexander Golovin (CSKA Moscow), Daler Kuzyaev (Zenit St. Petersburg), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Alexander Samedov (Spartak Moscow), Alexander Yerokhin (Zenit St. Petersburg), Yuri Zhirkov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Roman Zobnin (Spartak Moscow).

Forwards: Artyom Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), Alexei Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Fyodor Smolov (FC Krasnodar).

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