Opportunity knocks for Russia trio
, Andrei Arshavin
and Dmitri Kiritchenko
have been handed a chance to win a place at UEFA EURO 2004™ following selection for Russia’s friendly against Norway next Wednesday.
The 26-year-old FC Rubin Kazan winger Boyarintsev
had impressed coach Georgi Yartsev during a couple of recent unofficial friendly games in Japan and may yet win his first official cap against Norway. Meanwhile, FC Zenit St. Peterburg midfield player Arshavin
, 22, and PFC CSKA Moskva striker Kiritchenko
, 27, could add to their small collection of caps after both playing their last game for Russia against Romania in February 2003.
Rubin defender Roman Sharonov
earns his second consecutive call-up following an impressive display against Bulgaria in March. Meanwhile, CSKA's Evgeni Aldonin
and FC Krylya Sovetov winger Andrei Karyaka
are back in the squad despite being overlooked for the Bulgaria game.
CSKA goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev
, who is serving a five-match domestic ban, retains his place in the squad as Sergei Ovchinnikov's deputy, but RC Celta de Vigo's Alexander Mostovoi
and FC Porto's Dmitri Alenitchev
have been rested. ( damnit:depress: )
Ovchinnikov, Akinfeev, Evseev, Sennikov, Ignashevitch, Onopko, Sharonov, Smertin, Gusev, Aldonin, Radimov, Izmailov, Loskov, Semshov, Boyarintsev, Karyaka, Bulykin, Sychev, Kirichenko, Kerzhakov, Arshavin.