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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Romantsev Demands All From Players

TALLINN, Estonia -- Russian coach Oleg Romantsev is demanding his players test themselves to the full in Wednesday's friendly international against minnow Estonia.

"It's important to give everyone a chance to show what they can do before we start selecting our World Cup squad."

Romantsev has named three newcomers, Lokomotiv Moscow defender Dmitry Sennikov, Krylya Sovietov Samara midfielder Anton Bober and Zenit St. Petersburg striker Alexander Kerzhakov for the game.

Spartak Moscow striker Dmitry Sychyov also hopes to earn his first international cap after being called up for the first time against Ireland last month.

The 18-year-old, who did not play in the 2-0 defeat in Dublin, has scored three goals in Spartak's first three games and is currently the Premier League's joint top scorer.

Estonian-born Valeri Karpin, a midfielder for Spain's Celta Vigo, has told Estonian media he will be spurred on by the fact this is his first game against his home country.

"Every player dreams about scoring and I'm no different. A draw with Estonia would be a disappointment to Russia. We plan to win," said Karpin, who moved to Spartak Moscow from Estonian border town Narva before Estonia regained its independence from Moscow in 1991.