RUS­SIA

Daily Mail - - World Cup 2018 -

THE BOSS STANISLAV CHERCH­ESOV

For­mer Le­gia War­saw boss took charge af­ter Rus­sia’s poor Euro 2016.

THE STAR IGOR AK­IN­FEEV

Sea­soned CSKA Moscow keeper will need all his ex­pe­ri­ence to shut out the hot­shots in this group.

THE PROSPECT FE­DOR SMOLOV

Scored 14 goals in 22 games for Krasnodar, at­tract­ing in­ter­est from Wolves and West Ham.

KEY STRENGTH

Do not un­der­es­ti­mate home ad­van­tage. This is not a great Rus­sia team but this tour­na­ment could be a step­ping stone.

BIG­GEST WEAK­NESS

None of this squad have tasted much suc­cess at the World Cup. Rus­sia have not reached the round of 16 since 1986.

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