Roman Pavlyuchenko is arguably the most reputable player in the national team among the fans regardless of club they support. Instrumental in the team’s Euro 2008 success he is now in reserve, but if something goes wrong he will be first to help.
At his 26, Igor Akinfeev is one of Russia’s most experienced players. Yet for the first time in recent years he is not currently regarded as Russia’s firm first-choice keeper, but as one of two equal candidates. So he has a lot to prove at the Euros.