Pogrebnyak picked Russia's World Cup team
Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak a surprise inclusion in Russia's preliminary World Cup squad
Associated Press
2014-05-12 11:22 PM

MOSCOW (AP) -- Reading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak has been included in Fabio Capello's preliminary Russia squad for the World Cup in Brazil.

Pogrebnyak made the 30-man list despite not having played for Russia since Capello took over as coach in 2012. But there was no recall for another Russia great, former Arsenal forward Andrei Arshavin.

Up front, Pogrebnyak faces competition from regular strikers Alexander Kerzhakov and Alexander Kokorin.

Midfielder Roman Shirokov made the cut despite being loaned out by Zenit St. Petersburg following a reported dispute with club officials.

The 30-man squad must be cut down to a final 23 by June 2, 10 days before play starts in Brazil.

Russia will face South Korea, Belgium and Algeria in the group stage in Brazil.

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