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Capello selects 26-man roster to face USA

Russia national team coach Fabio Capello has named a domestic-heavy 26-man roster for the upcoming friendly against the United States on Nov. 14 in Krasnodar.

Arsenal's Andrei Arshavin, Reading's Pavel Pogrebnyak, Anzhi Makhachkala's Yuri Zhirkov and Lokomotiv Moscow's Roman Pavlyuchenko are the notable omissions from the side that is currently ranked 12th in the world and sits atop its group in UEFA qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

Euro 2012 breakout star Alan Dzagoev and Zenit-St. Petersburg's Roman Shirokov and Alexander Kerzhakov will spearhead the attack, and they will be joined by Real Madrid's Denis Cheryshev, a Russia Under-21 standout and the only non-Russia-based player to make the roster.

Jurgen Klinsmann has yet to announce the U.S. roster as the Americans go for another signature friendly victory away from U.S. soil to close out 2012 after notching landmark wins in Italy and Mexico earlier this year.

Here is the full Russia roster for the match:

GOALKEEPERS: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Alexander Belenov (Kuban Krasnodar), Vladimir Gabulov (Anzhi Makhachkala)
 
DEFENDERS: Alexander Anyukov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Renat Yanbayev (Zenit St. Petersburg), Alexei Berezutsky (CSKA Moscow), Vasily Berezutsky (CSKA Moscow), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Andrei Yeshchenko (Lokomotiv Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Dynamo Moscow)

MIDFIELDERS: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (Spartak Moscow), Dmitry Kombarov (Spartak Moscow), Vladimir Bystrov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Igor Denisov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Viktor Faizulin (Zenit St. Petersburg), Roman Shirokov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Denis Glushakov (Lokomotiv Moscow), Alexander Samedov (Lokomotiv Moscow), Maxim Grigoriev (Lokomotiv Moscow), Magomed Ozdoyev (Lokomotiv Moscow), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Denis Cheryshev (Real Madrid)

FORWARDS: Artem Dzyuba (Spartak Moscow), Alexander Kerzhakov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Alexander Kokorin (Dynamo Moscow), Fyodor Smolov (Anzhi Makhachkala)

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