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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

3 New Faces in Russia Squad

Guus Hiddink has called up three newcomers to his 23-man squad for Russia's Euro 2008 Group E qualifiers against Andorra and Croatia next month.

The Dutchman named Kuban goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov, Ascoli midfielder Viktor Budyansky and Spartak midfielder Alexei Rebko for the June 2 match at home to Andorra in St. Petersburg and then away to Croatia in Zagreb four days later.

Gabulov, 23 and who joined newly-promoted Kuban from champion CSKA last year, was called up after first-choice Igor Akinfeyev tore knee ligaments earlier this month. The injury sustained in a Russian league match on May 6 could keep the keeper, who has conceded just one goal in Russia's five Euro 2008 qualifiers so far, out for up to six months.

The Ukraine-born Budyansky, 23, has impressed Hiddink with his all-round play and goalscoring ability, netting three times in the last three games for Serie A strugglers Ascoli.

Rebko has had to recover from injury to earn a regular place in table-topper Spartak's line-up this season. The 21-year-old was forced to spend several weeks in hospital after he was badly beaten up by thugs on a Moscow street earlier this year.

The Russians, who have 11 points from five matches, are third in the group, two points behind leaders Croatia but level on points with Israel and England.

Goalkeepers: Dmitry Borodin (Torpedo), Vyacheslav Malafeyev (Zenit), Vladimir Gabulov (Kuban )

Defenders: Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA), Alexei Berezutsky (CSKA), Vasily Berezutsky (CSKA), Alexander Anyukov (Zenit), Denis Kolodin (Dynamo), Roman Shishkin (Spartak), Sergei Yefimov (Lokomotiv)

Midfielders: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (Lokomotiv), Yuri Zhirkov (CSKA), Igor Semshov (Dynamo), Dmitry Torbinsky (Spartak), Alexei Rebko (Spartak), Vladimir Bystrov (Spartak), Konstantin Zyryanov (Zenit), Viktor Budyansky (Ascoli)

Forwards: Andrei Arshavin (Zenit), Pavel Pogrebnyak (Zenit), Dmitry Sychev (Lokomotiv), Alexander Kerzhakov (Sevilla), Ivan Saenko (Nuremberg).

Lokomotiv will host a four-team invitational tournament, involving Real Madrid, Dutch champion PSV Eindhoven and possibly Champions League finalist AC Milan in August, the organizers said.

"Milan said they would give us an answer after [Wednesday's] Champions League final," agent Vyacheslav Protsenko was quoted as saying by Sport-Express newspaper.

If Milan turns down the invitation, its Serie A rival Lazio, or Argentine sides Boca Juniors and River Plate would be considered, Protsenko said. The tournament is scheduled for Aug. 3-5.