Sergei Ignashevich

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MOSCOW, March 1. /Offset. TASS Pavel Gurevich/. The football player of CSKA Sergey Ignashevich wouldn’t get lost in the renewed Russian national team, the player is a role model for all Central defenders. This opinion TASS expressed by the CSKA coach Viktor Onopko.

In July last year after the match for the Supercup of Russia between CSKA and Sankt-Petersburg “Zenit” (0:1) the defender stated that the 2018 world Cup on its position in the Russian team we need to train more young player. Under the new head coach of a national team Stanislav Cherchesov 37-year-old Ignashevich in the national team was not called.

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“I think that Ignashevich could use the current team – says Onopko. – In CSKA, he continues to be a team player, successfully defending the Champions of Russia . Sergey, we have the only one in the country, a unique person and player. On the collection of CSKA and he never missed one workout and Ignashevich is an example for any Central defender, the player himself did proved and continues to prove.”

For Russia, Ignashevich made his debut in 2002. At the last European championship Ignashevich, coming in the starting lineup for the match against England, became the first Russian football player, who played in three final stages of the European Championships, he also participated in the European Championships in 2008 and 2012. He is a record holder for total appearances for the national team (120).

Also specialist said one of the young players graduated to the main squad. “Definitely, it’s Golovin. He is ready to be competitive for a place in the squad. Though he already played for the national team in the European championship, but now the player is significantly increased,” said the coach.

“The best candidates for the captaincy in the national team Akinfeev and Berezutski”

In the summer, the Russian team will perform at home the confederations Cup, which will be held from 17 June to 2 July in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Sochi and Kazan. Wards of cherchesova in the group stage will play with teams of Portugal, New Zealand and Mexico.

“The chances for a successful performance of our team there. But it will be difficult, opponents are good, some of the best teams in the world. We must not forget that this prestigious tournament. Thus we now have a new team, a new coach,” said Onopko.

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“It is very important to prepare well and perform well. To win the tournament would be hard, but if you set goals step by step, then the group can leave,” he added.

Onopko also shared his opinions on who he considers the best candidates for the rank of captain of Russian national team.

“Call Vasya Berezutsky, he and character, and towards the partners and towards yourself worthy to be the captain of the team. Or Igor Akinfeev, who already proved everything to everyone. Still called Artem Dzyuba, by nature he is a leader. But in any team the head coach feels better for the atmosphere, the final decision always remains with them”, – said the expert.

Onopko spent 109 games for the national team of Russia and four games for the national team of the CIS. The former defender a long time was the record for the number of meetings held among all other Russian players, yet his achievement is not surpassed Ignashevich.