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Artur Yusupov called up by Russia after staying in same hotel as squad while on holiday

The 26-year-old was holidaying in the same Monaco hotel as his international team-mates

Artur Yusupov, the Zenit St. Petersburg midfielder, has been called up to Russia's Euro 2016 squad after staying in the same Monaco hotel while on holiday.

The 26-year-old, who has already represented his country's national team on two occasions, replaces Igor Denisov, who has been ruled out of the tournament due to injury.

"This is just the way it happened. After being on holiday for 14 days, of course I am going to be a bit out of shape," the 26-year-old told reporters.

"I don't really know what sort of physical condition I will be in."

Yusupov, who won the first of his two caps in November 2015, took part in Russia's first training session in Paris after the squad flew to the French capital late on Sunday.

"I was supposed to fly back to Moscow today," Yusupov said. "I didn't even have my football boots with me and none of the clothes that I needed."

Denisov, a 32-year-old Dynamo Moscow midfielder, damaged a hamstring during Russia's 1-1 draw with Serbia in a friendly on Sunday in Monaco.

Russia play in Group B at Euro 2016, where they will face England, Slovakia and Wales. They open their campaign against England on Saturday.

independent.co.uk, 6 June 2016

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