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.
Do not underestimate home advantage. This is not a great Russia team but this tournament could be a stepping stone.
None of this squad have tasted much success at the World Cup. Russia have not reached the round of 16 since 1986.