Capello calls up 10 uncapped players for first squad

Capello calls up 10 uncapped players for first squad
By Eurosport

02/08/2012 at 03:27Updated 02/08/2012 at 13:45

Russia's new coach Fabio Capello has called up 10 uncapped players and left out stalwarts Igor Semshov and Konstantin Zyryanov from his first squad.

The Italian last week replaced Dutchman Dick Advocaat, whose tenure ended following Russia's disappointing Euro 2012 campaign when they were knocked out in the group stage.

His squad for the friendly against Ivory Coast on Aug. 15 included 36 players and will be whittled down to 23 before the game.

The former England manager kept faith with skipper Andrei Arshavin and striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, who looked below their best in Poland and Ukraine.

Three newcomers - defender Arseny Logashov, midfielder Oleg Shatov and striker Fyodor Smolov - play for Anzhi Makhachkala, a wealthy club from the volatile North Caucasus region that is coached by former Russia boss Guus Hiddink.

Capello also named seven players from Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg coached by fellow Italian Luciano Spalletti.

Capello, who promised to blood new players into an ageing team, dropped midfielders Semshov and Zyryanov, who have each played more than 50 internationals.

Striker Pavel Pogrebnyak, who joined Premier League newcomers Reading from rivals Fulham in the off-season, was also omitted.

The match will be Capello's only test before Russia begin their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign against Northern Ireland on September 7.