Russia lose captain for World Cup 2014 campaign
Russia coach Fabio Capello’s plans for the World Cup 2014 were dealt a big blow after it was confirmed that he would be losing captain Roman Shirokov. The 32 year old, who has been sitting out friendlies but had been partaking in training during Russia’s Brazil 2014 warm up because of the knee injury which he picked up back in April, will not be heading to Brazil 2014. He will be off to Finland for surgery next week.
Capello said: “Shirokov is a very important member of Russia’s squad but I hope that the rest of the players will be able to perform at their best level in Brazil.”
Russia have called up a replacement in the form of Pavel Mogilevets. Russia’s odds of winning World Cup 2014 are out at 80/1 and the loss of their captain hasn’t affected their odds with bookmakers leading up to the tournament.
Russia play in Group H at the World Cup where they are 5/2 second favourites to win the group behind the odds-on favouritism of Belgium. Russia are 6/11 shots to qualify from the group though, with the weaker pairing of South Korea and Algeria making up the numbers there. Their opening match is against South Korea on June 17th.
Updated Russia World Cup squad
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Yury Lodygin (Zenit St Petersburg), Sergey Ryzhikov (Rubin Kazan).
Defenders: Vasili Berezutskiy (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Dynamo Moscow), Andrey Eshchenko (Anzhi Makhachkala), Sergey Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Alexey Kozlov (Dynamo Moscow), Dmitry Kombarov (Spartak Moscow), Andrey Semenov (Terek Grozny), Georgi Schennikov (CSKA Moscow).
Midfielders: Denis Glushakov (Spartak Moscow), Igor Denisov (Dynamo Moscow), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Yury Zhirkov (Dynamo Moscow), Alexey Ionov (Dynamo Moscow), Pavel Mogilevets (Rubin Kazan), Alexander Samedov (Lokomotiv Moscow), Viktor Faizulin (Zenit St Petersburg), Oleg Shatov (Zenit St Petersburg).
Forwards : Maxim Kanunnikov (Amkar Perm), Alexander Kerzhakov (Zenit St Petersburg), Alexander Kokorin (Dynamo Moscow).