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Pavel in provisional Russia squad

12 May 2014

Royals forward could head to Brazil

Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has been named in Fabio Capello's 30-man provisional Russia squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The forward, who scored 13 goals for the Royals this season, will now wait on final confirmation of the line-up - with a final 23 man group to be selected by June 2nd.

Capello's side face warm-up friendlies against Slovakia on May 26, Norway on May 31 and Morocco on June 6 - before heading to the tournament to take on Belgium, Algeria and Korea Republic. 

Other names included are former Chelsea man Yury Zhirkov, whilst Pavel pipped former Spurs man Roman Pavlyuchenko to the 30 man list.

Provisional Russian World Cup squad 

Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Yury Lodygin (Zenit St Petersburg), Sergei Ryzhikov (Rubin Kazan) 

Defenders: Alexander Anyukov (Zenit St Petersburg), Alexei Berezutsky, Vasily Berezutsky, Sergei Ignashevich, Georgy Shchennikov (all CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Granat, Alexei Kozlov (both Dynamo Moscow), Andrei Yeshchenko (Anzhi Makhachkala), Dmitry Kombarov (Spartak Moscow), Andrei Semenov (Terek Grozny) 

Midfielders: Igor Denisov, Yury Zhirkov (both Dynamo Moscow), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Yury Gazinsky, Roman Shirokov (both FC Krasnodar), Denis Glushakov (Spartak Moscow), Pavel Mogilevets (Rubin Kazan), Viktor Faizulin, Oleg Shatov (both Zenit St Petersburg) 

Forwards: Vladimir Bystrov (Anzhi Makhachkala), Alexander Kerzhakov (Zenit St Petersburg), Artem Dzyuba (Rostov), Alexei Ionov, Alexander Kokorin (both Dynamo Moscow), Maxim Kanunnikov (Amkar Perm), Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading/ENG), Alexander Samedov (Lokomotiv Moscow)

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