Russia name 27-man preliminary squad
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Russian coach Oleg Romantsev will still need to shave another four players off his squad to reach the necessary 23 - but his plans are beginning to galvanise.
Veteran goalkeeper Stanislab Cherchesov is a major shock call-up after being absent from the national side for over two years, but there are also four new faces in the squad.
Squad: Nigmatulin, (pictured) Filimonov, Cherchesov, Onopko, Chugainov, Solomatin, Sennikov, Nikiforov, Dayev, Kovtun, Tetradze, Smertin, Karpin, Izmailov, Mostovoi, Titov, Khokhlov, Semak, Alenichev, Arshavin, Laktionov, Semshov, Beschastnykh, Sychev, Panov, Pimenov, Kerzhakov.