Russia coach Georgi Yartsev has omitted several high-profile players
from his 18-man squad for the UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifier against
Georgia on Saturday.
Russia must win the game to have a chance of automatic qualification,
but FC Lokomotiv Moskva pair Dmitri Khokhlov and Gennady Nizhegorodov
miss out along with FC Torpedo Moskva's Igor Semshov and FC Spartak
Moskva's experienced defender Yuri Kovtun.
In addition, FC Porto midfield player Dmitri Alenichev and FC Zenit
St. Peterburg playmaker Vladislav Radimov are both out injured so
Yartsev has opted for youth, including Lokomotiv's 21-year-old
midfield player Marat Izmailov
and 19-year-old Olympique de Marseille
striker Dmitri Sytchev
. Spartak forward Egor Titov has also been
given a recall.
Ovchinnikov, Malafeev, Evseev, Ignashevitch, Sennikov, Onopko,
Solomatin, Izmailov, Loskov, Gussev, Karyaka, Aldonin, Titov,
, Bulykin, Sytchev, Kerzhakov.
Go guys...we must go in Portugal
...btw, for me is strange to see this NT without Karpin:depress: