Leonid Slutski puts Russia through their paces ahead
of Euro 2016 showdown against England
There was nothing cloak and dagger about Russia's open training session
today - England's opponents were happy to let anybody look in on a full
By Matthew Dunn
UEFA require each of the 24 finalists to have one of their pre-tournament
sessions accessible for the general public and England's version on Tuesday
in Chantilly turned into something of a circus.
After local children sang the national anthem, players entertained them
with little more than an exhibition of ball-juggling skills throughout
Roy Hodgson and his staff deliberately did their more serious work behind
security-patrolled closed doors during the afternoon, safely away from
By contrast the Russians, led on a part-time basis by CSKA manager Leonid
Slutski, took part in an 11-a-side game between the two penalty areas
- a fully-engaged and noisy clash at their training base by the banks
of the Seine.
It meant a full run out for 22 of the squad - the only absentee was 32-year-old
playmaker Dmitri Torbinski, who was rested as a precaution.
Torbinski had only been called up to the Russia squad last month as a
late replacement for Alan Dzagoev, who broke a metatarsal bone in the
final round of Russian league matches.
Jun 8, 2016