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World Cup play-offs

Sychev called up to Russia play-off squad

November 2, 2009

Lokomotiv Moscow striker Dmitri Sychev is one of three players recalled by Russia coach Guus Hiddink in a 24-man squad for the World Cup qualifying play-offs against Slovenia later this month.

Dmitri Sychev
GettyImagesDmitri Sychev has bagged ten goals in 11 games for Lokomotiv Moscow.

Sychev has scored 10 goals in his last 11 games for Lokomotiv and replaces Rubin Kazan striker Aleksandr Bukharov.

Dinamo Moscow duo Vladimir Gabulov and Denis Kolodin also return to the squad after recovery from injury.

Goalkeeper Gabulov is back after suffering a fractured cheekbone, while defender Kolodin has overcome a thigh injury.

There are also places in the squad for Russia's four England-based players - Andrey Arshavin, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Yuri Zhirkov and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.

Russia face Slovenia in Moscow on November 14 before the return leg in Maribor four days later.

SQUAD: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Dinamo Moscow), Vyacheslav Malafeev (Zenit St Petersburg); Aleksandr Anyukov (Zenit St Petersburg), Aleksei Berezutsky, Vasili Berezutsky, Sergei Ignashevich (all CSKA Moscow), Yuri Zhirkov (Chelsea), Denis Kolodin (Dinamo Moscow), Renat Yanbaev (Lokomotiv Moscow); Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (Everton), Vladimir Bystrov, Igor Semshov, Konstantin Zyryanov, Igor Denisov (all Zenit St Petersburg), Aleksei Rebko (FC Moscow), Sergei Semak (Rubin Kazan), Dmitri Torbinsky (Lokomotiv Moscow), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow); Andrey Arshavin (Arsenal), Aleksandr Kerzhakov (Dinamo Moscow), Roman Pavlyuchenko (Tottenham), Pavel Pogrebnyak (Stuttgart), Dmitri Sychev (Lokomotiv Moscow).