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Capello's Russia call up wrong player

February 19, 2014
By ESPN staff

Russia have accidentally notified the wrong player that they have been named in Fabio Capello's preliminary squad for a forthcoming friendly.

Fabio Capello
GettyImagesCapello led Russia to the 2014 World Cup.

Capello's side take on Armenia on March 5 and the Italian coach opted to include Terek Grozny defender Andrey Semyonov in his initial list to be involved.

However, the Russian Football Association informed a player of the same name, Lokomotiv Moscow reserve Andrey Semyonov, which is a common name in Russia, that he in fact had made the team.

Semyonov of Lokomotiv's second string said: "My teammates congratulated me on the call up. They were surprised but sincere because the information was official.

"I was surprised too to put it mildly, but I do have an experience with the under-21 team. I will do my best to get a real call-up in the future"

Terek Grozny's Andrey Semyonov, meanwhile, said: "I was surprised to see my name on the list. It's a great pleasure to be mentioned amongst such stars.

"I knew I am getting better, and there were compliments from coaches, so progressing to the national team did cross my mind, but I never expected to get the call up so soon."

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