Sergey Karasev held his first training session with Russia
On Wednesday 20 June in Novogorske Russia held their first training session before the qualifying matches for the 2019 World Cup to be held in Belgium and France.
The Russian squad is:
Defence: Evgeny Baburin, Dmitry Kulagin, Dmitry Khvostov (all Lokomotiv-Kuban), Mikhail Kulagin, Vitaly Fridzon (both - CSKA Moscow), Vyacheslav Zaitsev (Khimki), Ivan Ukhov (Parma)
Forwards: Sergey Karasev (Zenit) , Semen Antonov, Nikita Kurbanov (both CSKA Moscow), Andrei Zubkov (Khimki), Stanislav Ilnitsky (Lokomotiv-Kuban)
Centeres: Vladimir Ivlev (Lokomotiv-Kuban), Artem Klimenko (Avtodor), Timofei Mozgov (Brooklyn Nets NBA)
Belgium play Russia in Antwerp on 29 June at 21:30 St. Petersburg time and Russia take on France will be played in Krasnodar, 2 July at 19:00.