Russia is headed to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and they’re group gives them a chance of making it to the round of 16. Head coach Fabio Capello has identified the 23 men he wants to play in Russia and has named his roster.
Final 23-man roster:
GOALKEEPERS: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Yuri Lodygin (Zenit St. Petersburg), Sergei Ryzhikov (Rubin Kazan)
DEFENDERS: Vasily Berezutsky (CSKA Moscow), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Georgy Shchennikov (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Dynamo Moscow), Alexei Kozlov (Dynamo Moscow), Andrei Yeshchenko (Anzhi Makhachkala), Dmitry Kombarov (Spartak Moscow), Andrei Semyonov (Terek Grozny)
MIDFIELDERS: Igor Denisov (Dynamo Moscow), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Roman Shirokov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Denis Glushakov (Spartak Moscow), Viktor Faizulin (Zenit St. Petersburg), Oleg Shatov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Yuri Zhirkov (Dynamo Moscow), Alexander Samedov (Lokomotiv Moscow)
FORWARDS: Alexei Ionov (Dynamo Moscow), Alexander Kokorin (Dynamo Moscow), Maxim Kanunnikov (Amkar Perm), Alexander Kerzhakov (Zenit St. Petersburg)
Coach: Fabio Capello
Projected Starting XI (4-2-3-1):
GK: Igor Akinfeev
D: Vasily Berezutsky, Sergei Ignashevich, Yuri Zhirkov, Andrei Yeshchenko
MF: Igor Denisov, Roman Shirokov, Alan Dzagoev, Viktor Faizulin, Denis Glushakov
F: Alexander Kerzhakov
How do you think the roster looks and is there anyone who could’ve been on the team that was left off? Do you think this roster has enough talent to make a deep run into the tournament? Sound off and let us know in the comments below, we want to hear from you.