Semshov scored a vital Euro 2012 qualifying goal that secured all three points against Macedonia and went a long way to ensuring his nation would top Group B and avoid the lottery of a play-off to reach the finals.
After starting his career with CSKA Moscow, he had spells with their city rivals Torpedo and Dynamo before accepting an offer to join Zenit St Petersburg in 2009 and then returning to Dynamo a year later.
This will be a fourth major international tournament for the experienced Shemshov, who also participated by the 2002 World Cup finals, Euro 2004 and Euro 2008. How he would love to add a touch of international glory to what has already been a rock solid career.
“We all remember the atmosphere in the Russia squad at Euro 2008 and it would be great to recreate that this summer,” he says, reflecting on their run to the semi-finals four years ago. “In my eyes, there are not many teams who are better than us in this competition and we can prove as much this summer. I cannot wait.”