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The Russian football Union (RFU) is considering the possibility of participation of CSKA goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, midfielder of “Spartak” Alexander Samedov, defender of “Zenit” Yuri Zhirkov and ended the career of defender Sergei Ignashevich in one of companionable matches of Russian national team. About this newspaper “Izvestia”.
It is assumed that completed their performances for the national team players will hold a farewell match, coming on the field in one of the friendlies in 2019. Honorary President of the RFU Vyacheslav Koloskov endorses this initiative.
“They are many years defended the colors of the national team, and most importantly — unsuccessfully,” said Koloskov. — Advocate that the people should be honored for work on behalf of sport development in our country.”
On 1 October the completion of performances for the national team Akinfeev has announced. The player decided to focus on club career.
Ignashevich resigned from the national team until the 2018 world Cup, but due to injuries of several players on the defense, the coaching staff headed by Stanislav Cherchesov asked Ignashevich to return to the team. The defender agreed and spent five games at the world Cup. With him, the team reached the quarterfinals of the tournament. Samedov and Zhirkov left the team after the 2018 world Cup.
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