Pavel Pogrebnyak (left)Photo: Pavel Lisitsyn / RIA Novosti
Forward “Ural” Pavel Pogrebnyak spoke about foreign players in the national team of Russia on football. His words are quoted kp.ru.
“Refer to naturalization in the negative. Don’t see the point. Ari do not understand why a Russian passport? With Pavlyuchenko, by the way, is discussed. Funny when a black player plays for the national team of Russia,” said Pogrebnyak.
Striker “Krasnodar” Ari received a Russian passport in July 2018, and in November was first called into the national team. Head coach Stanislav Cherchesov was criticized for the fact that he prefers a naturalized Brazilian, while ignoring the 20-year-old CSKA forward Fyodor Chalova, at that time was the best scorer of the championship.
Before the world championship received Russian passports from three foreigners: Konstantin Rausch, Roman Neustädter and Mario Fernandez. Cherchesov played in the national team all three, but in the championship participated only Fernandez.
Pogrebnyak played for the Russian national team from 2006 to 2012. He has eight goals in 33 matches for the national team.
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