The Russians arrive on the bounce of a successful qualification campaign, and with a fine EURO 2008 in memory. They have a rather experienced squad, who will have a point to prove, and this could also be the last chance for many to shine on the international stage.
Dmitri Kombarov, 25, Spartak Moscow (Russia), Defender, 4 international caps
The left-back is the twin brother of Kirill Kombarov, who plays as an attacking midfielder, for the same club, Spartak Moscow. After 4 years at Dynamo Moscow, where he made over 130 league appearances, he moved to Spartak Moscow with his brother, where he has been the mainstay in defence, and earned him a call up to the national squad.
Alan Dzagoev, 21, CSKA Moscow (Russia), Midfielder, 20 international caps
Already regarded as the next big thing in Russian football, Alan Dzagoev has caught everyone’s attention with sparkling performances for club and country. He was chosen the best young player of the Russian League in 2008. Since then, he has not looked back, and been linked to Real Madrid and Manchester United. He even performed brilliantly in the Champions League for his club. Hard working and enterprising, he has racked up 37 goals in 153 games for his club. At the international level, he was given his first cap in October 2008, against Germany, aged just 18.
Denis Glushakov, 25, Lokomotiv Moscow (Russia), Midfielder, 34 international caps
Glushakov has established himself as a first choice attacking midfielder for Lokomotiv Moscow. Of a short built, but with good pace, he can be a trump card for the Russian national side. He has over 110 league appearances, and appeared for the national squad 9 times, scoring once against Andorra.