Russia coach Advocaat makes 2 changes to squad

Russia coach Advocaat makes 2 changes to squad

Published May. 20, 2011 12:36 p.m. ET

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.




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).