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Russia call up two uncapped players

Coach Dick Advocaat also includes 35-year-old Roman Sharonov

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Magomed Ozdoev is untested at this level© PA Photos

Russia coach Dick Advocaat has selected two uncapped players in his 26-man provisional squad for Euro 2012.

Dinamo Moscow defender Vladimir Granat, 24, and 19-year-old midfielder Magomed Ozdoev from Lokomotiv Moscow are the stand-out inclusions, while 35-year-old Rubin Kazan captain Roman Sharonov has also been called up with Vasili Berezutski doubtful due to a thigh injury.

Sharonov has not appeared for his country since September 2004 and there is another blast from the past involved as Sporting’s Marat Izmailov, who earned the last of his 31 caps in 2006, returns.

The squad will convene in Moscow on May 20 and Russia start their campaign on June 8 against Czech Republic in Wroclaw before facing Poland and Greece in Warsaw.

Russia provisional squad

Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vyacheslav Malafeev (Zenit St Petersburg), Anton Shunin (Dinamo Moscow).

Defenders: Aleksandr Anyukov (FC Zenit St Petersburg), Aleksei Berezutski (CSKA Moscow), Vasili Berezutski (CSKA Moscow), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Dinamo Moscow), Yuri Zhirkov (Anzhi Makhachkala), Dmitri Kombarov (Spartak Moscow), Roman Sharonov (Rubin Kazan), Roman Shishkin (Lokomotiv Moscow).

Midfielders: Igor Denisov (Zenit St Petersburg), Konstantin Zyryanov (Zenit St Petersburg), Roman Shirokov (Zenit St Petersburg), Denis Glushakov (Lokomotiv Moscow), Magomed Ozdoev (Lokomotiv Moscow), Igor Semshov (Dinamo Moscow), Marat Izmailov (Sporting Lisbon), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow).

Strikers: Andrey Arshavin (Zenit St Petersburg), Aleksandr Kerzhakov (Zenit St Petersburg), Artem Dzyuba (FC Spartak Moscow), Aleksandr Kokorin (Dinamo Moscow), Roman Pavlyuchenko (Lokomotiv Moscow), Pavel Pogrebnyak (Fulham).



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