Sergei Ignashevich

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MOSCOW, may 17. /TASS/. The defender of CSKA Sergey Ignashevich has a huge experience of playing for the national team of Russia, his return to the national team will be an important and much needed reinforcement for the 2018 world Cup in football. Such opinion to journalists was expressed by the forward of “Zenith” and Russian national team Artem Dzyuba.

On Monday, the Russian football Union (RFU) has announced that 38-year-old Ignashevich called in national team for preparation for the world Cup instead of 28-the summer defender “the ruby” passed over Ruslan Kambolov, who got injured Shin in the last match of the championship of Russia with “Krasnodar”. Last Ignashevich took the field in the national team on 20 June 2016 at the European Championships in France in the match against Wales (0:3), after which he announced his retirement in the team.

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“Ignashevich is a legend, he has a huge experience, said Dzyuba. Is an important and much needed reinforcement for our team. It will help your experience to young players and our team. To play at this level at this age is very cool.”

The goalkeeper and captain of Russian national team Igor Akinfeev has admitted that he did not know about the decision of partner for CSKA to return to the national team: “Emotions (on his return). I learned like everyone else. Up to this point did not know that Ignashevich has agreed to return to the team”.

Ignashevich made his debut in the national team of Russia in August 2002, in 2008 became the bronze medalist of the European championship. Just on account of his 120 matches in the national team, he is the champion of the national side. The Championships of Russia Ignashevich, he spent 25 games and scored one goal.

World Cup matches will be held from 14 June to 15 July at 12 stadiums in 11 cities of the country. The Russian team will play in group A with the teams of Saudi Arabia (June 14, Luzhniki stadium), Egypt (June 19, stadium “Sankt-Petersburg”) and Uruguay (June 25, “Samara-arena”).