Legendary Sergey Tetyukhin, who did not play for the Russian national team since the 2012 Olympic Games in London where he took gold medal, was called back. If Russia qualifies for the final of the World Cup, Tetyukhin will have the chance to fight for gold on his 40th birthday.
Russian players will start to train on July 20 in Novogorsk, where they will play two friendly matches – against the Netherlands and Iran. The World Cup will be held on September 8-23.
See Alekno’s list for the WC:
Setters – Sergey Grankin, Alexander Butko, Dmitriy Kovalev; Opposites – Pavel Moroz, Maxim Mikhailov, Victor Poletaev; Receivers – Evgeniy Sivozhelez, Denis Biryukov, Alexey Spiridonov, Sergey Tetyukhin, Taras Htey, Dmitry Ilinykh; Middle blockers – Andrey Ashchev, Artem Volvich, Dmitriy Muserskiy, Artem Smolyar, Ilya Vlasov; Liberos – Alexey Obmochaev, Alexey Verbov.
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