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MOSCOW, May 21. /TASS/. German FC Schalke defensive midfielder Roman Neustadter and PFC CSKA Moscow midfielder Roman Shirokov have been named as players for Russian squad at the 2016 UEFA European Championship. The final list of 23 footballers, who were expected to be named for Euro 2016, the Russian Football Union (RFU) said in a statement posted on its official website on Saturday.
On May 24 the Russian national team will be summoned in Moscow and then will head for Switzerland to train there.
Earlier in the day, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS that the discussions about Neustadter’s citizenship would follow the announcement of the squad’s list. Also, the Sport Express daily said that Shirokov, 34, who is the team’s captain, would not be invited for Euro 2016.
The list of the Russian squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeyev (PFC CSKA Moscow), Yury Lodygin (FC Zenit St. Petersburg) and Guilherme Marinato (FC Lokomotiv Moscow).
Defensive midfielders: Aleksey and Vasili Berezutski, Sergey Ignashevich and Georgy Shchennikov (PFC CSKA Moscow), Igor Smolnikov (FC Zenit St. Petersburg), Roman Neustadter (German FC Schalke), Dmitry Kombarov (FC Spartak Moscow), Roman Shishkin (FC Lokomotiv Moscow).
Attacking midfielders: Alan Dzagoev, Alexander Golovin and Roman Shirokov (PFC CSKA Moscow), Alexander Samedov (FC Lokomotiv Moscow), Denis Glushakov (FC Spartak Moscow), Pavel Mamayev (FC Krasnodar), Oleg Ivanov (FC Terek Grozny), Igor Denisov (FC Dinamo Moscow) and Oleg Shatov (FC Zenit St. Petersburg).
Attackers: Artem Dzyuba and Alexander Kokorin (FC Zenit St. Petersburg) and Fedor Smolov (FC Krasnodar)
The 2016 UEFA European Championship, usually referred to as Euro 2016, will take place in France between June 10 and July 10. At the group stage Russia faces England (in Marseille on June 11) , Slovakia (in Lille on June 15) and Wales (in Toulouse on June 20).
On May 24 the Russian national team led by head coach Leonid Slutsky will travel to Switzerland to train there. Russia is to play two friendlies: against the Czech Republic on June 1 (Innsbruck, Austria) and against Serbia on June 5 (in Monaco). Later in the same day, the team will arrive in France.
"FC Rubin defender Oleg Kuzmin will be at the club's disposal due to problems with the knee, where the decision about his further treatment and rehabilitation will be made. FC Zenit defender Yury Zhirkov has not been summoned to the national team due to the Achilles tendon tendonitis that has been bothering the footballer in recent weeks and poses a risk of complications," the statement said.
Defenders Yury Zhirkov and Oleg Kuzmin will miss the 2016 UEFA European Championship in France due to injuries.