Israel v Russia Live
Russia take on Israel in their next Euro 2008 qualifier match know well that a victory would leave them in the drivers seat to clinch qualification ahead of England.
Guss Hiddink's side are currently positioned third in the group table, 2 points behind England but do have a game in hand. Victories against Israel and Andorra would mean that Russia will qualify to the Euro 2008 championship ahead of England, with Croatia likely to be the other team.
Hiddink has recalled CSKA Moskova's Igor Akinfeev back into the squad after the keeper missed international action for more than six months following cruciate ligament injury in his left knee. Sergei Ignashevich finds a place in the squad in spite of suffering from a hairline fracture in his cheekbone. Hiddink will be without Spartak Moskva winger Vladimir Bystrov who has injured his cruciate ligaments in his knee.
Meanwhile Israel will be hoping to finish their qualifying campaign on a high against Russia and Macedonia. The Israelis have had an impressive qualifying round, holding out for draws against Russia and England while narrowly losing out to Croatia in both the legs.
A draw against Russia will take an added significance since it would mean that England would have a chance of qualifying to next year's championships. Hapoel Bnei Sakhnin FC striker Maor Bar Buzaglo gets his first call up to the national squad after impressing coach Dror Kashtan in the U19s.
Maccabi Haifa FC centre-back Dekel Keinan and Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC midfielder Ravid Gazal make a return to the national squad along with Roberto Colautti and Beitar Jerusalem FC forward Amit Ben Shushan while captain Yossi Benayoun is out injured with a thigh strain.
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