Russia names squad for Euro 2012 qualifier

Russia coach Dick Advocaat named a 20-man squad Friday for the

team’s European Championship qualifier against Armenia and a

friendly against Qatar later this month.

Russia will travel to Armenia on March 26 and play Qatar in Doha

three days later.

Advocaat made two changes to the squad that lost to Iran 1-0 in

a friendly last month. Midfielder Alexei Ionov replaced injured

Zenit St. Petersburg teammate Vladimir Bystrov, and Chelsea

midfielder Yuri Zhirkov takes the place of CSKA Moscow player Pavel


Russia leads Group B with nine points from four games. Ireland,

Armenia and Slovakia are tied for second, two points behind.


Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vyacheslav Malafeev

(Zenit St. Petersburg)

Defenders: Aleksander Anyukov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Aleksei

Berezutsky (CSKA Moscow), Vasili Berezutsky (CSKA Moscow), Sergei

Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Roman Shishkin (Lokomotiv Moscow)

Midfielders: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (Everton), Igor Denisov

(Zenit St. Petersburg), Konstantin Zyryanov (Zenit St. Petersburg),

Roman Shirokov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow),

Igor Semshov (Dynamo Moscow), Dmitry Torbinsky (Lokomotiv Moscow),

Yuri Zhirkov (Chelsea), Alexei Ionov (Zenit St. Petersburg)

Strikers: Andrei Arshavin (Arsenal), Alexander Kerzhakov (Zenit

St. Petersburg), Pavel Pogrebnyak (Stuttgart), Roman Pavlyuchenko