MARSEILLE, June 10. /TASS/. Russia’s national football team will be able to achieve good results at the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup in France if it is a real team, Russian Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko told TASS on Friday.
"The most important thing is for our guys do excellent team work in the pitch. The guys hang together, for instance, it was touching to see how they supported Igor Denisov who had received an injury. If they are a united team, they will be able to achieve a good result," he said.
"If we speak about the players, we have, say, Fyodor Smolov, the top scorer of the Russian national championship, we have Artem Dzyuba, who can make non-standard moves, we have Alexander Kokorin, a European-level player. We have players who can pull it off," Mutko said.
"I agree that the England team is a favorite of the tournament. It is an interesting, young and impressive team and the England Premier League is among the world’s best. Naturally, it will not be an easy game with them, but this is what makes it most interesting. Objectively, England is the favorite of the game but we should not underestimate ourselves as we have an ambitious and good team," he noted.
"Our team has experienced players too. The team was good during training camps. The most important thing for us now is to start properly. I hope our guys will do a good show for our fans," Mutko stressed.
The 2016 UEFA Euro Cup is held in France between June 10 and July 10 with matches played in 10 different locations, namely in Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse.
A total of 24 European national teams qualified for the Euro Cup final tournament in 2016, after the contestants’ format, which was used since 1996, was decided to be extended from 16 to 24 teams.
The contesting teams were divided into six groups and England was placed into Group B, sharing it with the teams from Russia, Wales and Slovakia.