Russian football team's extended roster for 2020 Euro
Cup qualifiers 'is optimal'
The Russian national team is scheduled to meet at the training camp
in the Moscow Region on May 30 and the extended roster, which was announced
earlier in the day, lists 37 players
Stanislav Cherchesov, the head coach of the Russian national football
team, said on Tuesday that the number of 37 players on the extended roster
for the upcoming two qualifiers of the 2020 UEFA Euro Cup was optimal
and the final roster might be announced before May 23.
The Russian national team is scheduled to meet at the training camp in
the Moscow Region town of Novogorsk on May 30 and the extended roster,
which was announced earlier in the day, lists 37 players. Next month the
Russian national squad is playing two 2020 Euro Cup qualifiers - against
San Marino in Saransk on June 8 and against Cyprus in Nizhny Novgorod
on June 11.
"We have never publicly announced an extended roster, but since the
season is almost over, the footballers must be aware of their current
status in the national team," Cherchesov said talking to the press
service of the Russian Football Union (RFU).
"This announcement was necessary for the footballers to make plans
and be aware that they must be psychologically ready to join the national
team," the head coach continued. "The list of 37 names on the
[extended] roster is optimal as our previous experience tells us that
injuries can happen and we must look into the future to be safe."
"We are still thinking about the date to announce the final roster
as we look forward to the final of the Russia Cup on May 22," Cherchesov
said. "We will see who will be playing in the final and may announce
the final roster either on May 21 or on May 23."
The draw on December 2, 2018 in Dublin determined 10 groups for the qualifying
stage. The Russian national team was placed in Group I alongside with
the teams from Belgium, Kazakhstan, Scotland, Cyprus and San Marino. The
top two teams from each group will qualify for the major European football
The Russian squad is currently 2nd in its Group I with three points after
playing two matches - against Belgium on March 21 (losing 1-3) and Kazakhstan
on March 24 (winning 4-0).
The national football team from Russia is also scheduled to play two more
2020 UEFA Euro Cup qualifiers in September - against Scotland in Glasgow
on September 6 and against Kazakhstan on September 9 in Kaliningrad.
A total of 24 national football teams will be playing in the final tournament
of the 2020 Euro Cup. All 55 UEFA national member teams, including 12
teams from the hosting countries, will have to play qualifying matches
to vie for the berth in the final 24-team lineup of the quadrennial European
It is possible that some of the national teams from the hosting countries
of the 2020 Euro Cup will not be playing on home soil in case they fail
to clear the qualifying stage.
TASS, May 14 2019