His name may prove to be a challenge for commentators, but Pogrebnyak is a Euro 2012 name worth remembering as he looks ready to prove his worth at the highest level after making a splash in the English Premier League this season.
Strong and powerful leading the line, this former Spartak Moscow, Zenit St Petersburg and VfB Stuttgart joined Fulhan January and he scored on his debut before blasting a hat-trick against Wolves. “I always knew Pavel could be a success in England and already he has shown he has everything you need to be a top striker,” said Fulham boss Martin Jol as his new man hit the ground running at Craven Cottage.
He played in seven Euro 2012 qualifiers, scoring two goals, and will be keen to make up for lost time as he was ruled out of the 2008 European Championship finals due to a knee injury. Strong in the air and surprisingly nimble on the floor for a man of his stature, Pogrebnyak could make a splash at this tournament.