MOSCOW (AP) – The Russia team that beat Serbia 1-0 in a friendly last week has been retained in a 20-man squad for 2012 European Championship qualifiers next month.
There were no newcomers in the squad named on Friday, for home matches against Macedonia on Sept. 2 and Ireland four days later at Luzhniki Stadium.
Russia is tied with Ireland and Slovakia at the top of Group B.
Coach Dick Advocaat told the daily Sovetsky Sport that the team performed well against Serbia.
''I called up the same players, and that means that I trust them,'' he said.
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vyacheslav Malafeev (Zenit St.Petersburg).
Defenders: Alexander Anyukov, (Zenit St.Petersburg), Alexei Bberezutski (CSKA Moscow), Vasiliy Berezutski (CSKA Moscow), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Yuri ZhIrkov (Anzhi), Roman Shishik (Lokomotiv Moscow).
Midfielders: Diniyar Belyaletdinov (Everton), Denis Glushakov (Lokomotiv Moscow), Dmitry Torbinskiy (Lokomotiv Moscow), Igor Denisov (Zenit St.Petersburg), Roman Shirokov (Zenit St.Petersburg), Konstantin Zyryanov (Zenit St.Petersburg), Alan Dzagoyev (CSKA Moscow), Igor Semshov (Dinamo Moscow).
Forwards: Andrei Arshavin (Arsenal), Alexander Kerzhakov (Zenit St.Petersburg), Roman Pavlyuchenko (Tottenham), Pavel Pogrebnyak (Stuttgart).