Moscow: Fabio Capello has called up Kuban Krasnodar goalkeeper Alexander Belenov and Real Madrid midfielder Denis Cheryshev into his Russia squad to play a friendly against the United States in Krasnodar on November 14.
Belenov, who has been in fine form this season, helping his side to contest for the league title, gets his first ever callup.
Midfielder Cheryshev was a key player in the Russian under-21 team which qualified for the Euro-2013 finals last month.
There was no place in the squad for Arsenal forward Andrei Arshavin and Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak, although Capello chose Maxim Grigoriev of Lokomotiv Moscow to boost his midfield.
Grigoriev was in Capello's squad for last month's qualifiers against Portugal and Azerbaijan. He also brought in Zenit midfielder Igor Denisov.
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeyev (CSKA Moscow), Alexander Belenov (Kuban Krasnodar), Vladimir Gabulov (Anzhi Makhachkala)
Defenders: Alexander Anyukov, Renat Yanbayev (both Zenit St Petersburg), Alexei Berezutsky, Vasily Berezutsky, Sergei Ignashevich (all CSKA Moscow), Andrei Yeshchenko (Lokomotiv Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Dynamo Moscow)
Midfielders: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Dmitry Kombarov (both Spartak Moscow), Vladimir Bystrov, Igor Denisov, Viktor Faizulin, Roman Shirokov (all Zenit St Petersburg), Denis Glushakov, Alexander Samedov, Maxim Grigoriev, Magomed Ozdoyev (all Lokomotiv Moscow), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Denis Cheryshev (Real Madrid/ESP)
Forwards: Artem Dzyuba (Spartak Moscow), Alexander Kerzhakov (Zenit St Petersburg), Alexander Kokorin (Dynamo Moscow), Fyodor Smolov (Anzhi Makhachkala)
Story first published on: Tuesday, 06 November 2012 19:02 IST