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The Russian national team at the end of March will play two friendly matches: on March 24 the Russians in Krasnodar will play against côte d’ivoire, 28th in Sochi with Belgium. These games will not participate the attacker “Zenit” Alexander Kokorin, who Cherchesov was not included in the team, the press service of the RFU. Of forwards the call to the national team received Alexander Kerzhakov, Dmitri Poloz (both is “Rostov”), Artem Dzyuba (“Zenith”), Maxim Kanunnikov (Rubin) and Fedor Smolov (FC Krasnodar).

Alexander Kokorin is caught in a scandal in early March — the striker was left on an oncoming lane. Edition Life announced that the player had a race in the opposite lane in his Bentley. He Kokorin said that violated traffic rules by accident.

Head coach Stanislav Cherchesov, commenting on the incident, criticized the actions of the attacker. “We are with the first day being the priority. The football team needs on the field, for the field on the game and between games to show the appropriate professionalism,” — said Cherchesov in his interview to “Match TV”. He stressed that the team “such things do not suit”.