Russia coach Advocaat makes 2 changes to squad

Russia coach Dick Advocaat has dropped Zenit St. Petersburg

midfielders Roman Shirokov and Alexei Ionov from his squad for the

European Championship qualifier against Armenia and a friendly

against Cameroon.

They are replaced in the 20-man squad by defender Renat Yanbayev

and midfielder Denis Glushakov from the Russian league leader

Lokomotiv Moscow.

Russia will host Armenia in St. Petersburg on June 7 and play

Cameroon in Salzburg, Austria, three days later.

Russia, Slovakia and Ireland are tied at the top of Group B with

10 points from five games each. Armenia, which held Russia to a 0-0

draw in March, is two points behind.

Squad:

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), Yuri Zhirkov (Chelsea), Roman Shishkin

(Lokomotiv Moscow), Renat Yanbayev (Lokomotiv Moscow).

Midfielders: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (Everton), Igor Denisov

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

Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Igor Semshov (Dynamo Moscow), Dmitry

Torbinsky (Lokomotiv Moscow), Denis Glushakov (Lokomotiv

Moscow).

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

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

(Tottenham).