Andrey Arshavin left out of Russia Squad
Arsenal Midfielder Andrei Arshavin has been left out of Fabio Capello’s latest Russia squad, when the national team take on the United States in an International friendly next month.
The 31 year old has been only played cameo roles as a substitute this season, and is firmly among the periphery of the Arsenal squad.
Arshavin had struggled for form last season and has yet to hold down a place for the Gunners this current campaign.
Now it appears that he being overlooked by his national boss too, with Capello once again overlooking the ace for his next fixture.
The Italian named a 35 man squad which will be reduced to 23 later in the week and it also did not include Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak.
Capello seems keen to relinquish the Russian old guard and blood in new talent with Real Madrid’s Denis Cheryshev receiving a call up despite yet making a first team appearance for the Spanish giants.
Russia have made a promising start to their World Cup 2014 Qualifiers notching up three consecutive wins including a 1-0 victory over Portugal in their last outing.
That has put Russia in charge of Group F and the Former England and Real Madrid boss will be looking to use this next international fixture to see who can consolidate the side’s good recent form.
However, in his post-match press conference after the Portugal game he said “Today I saw a Russian team that played with huge desire, huge commitment” and he intends to reward his star performers with places in his side.
Whether Arshavin will be able to earn a place back in Capello’s side remains to be seen.