Artem Dzyuba responded after national team manager Valeri Karpin cited the ‘difficult situation’ in Ukraine
Artem Dzyuba spoke after it emerged he was not in the Russia squad. © Mike Kireev / NurPhoto via Getty Images
Russian football star Artem Dzyuba says his absence from the latest national team squad is not related to politics after manager Valeri Karpin suggested the forward had not been called up due to family circumstances and the “difficult situation in Ukraine.”
Dzyuba was not named in the 27-man Russia squad announced on Monday for a training camp which gets underway in Moscow on March 21.
Manager Karpin said he had spoken to Dzyuba on Sunday and that the forward had asked not to be recalled for the first time since last summer, citing “the difficult situation in Ukraine, where he has many relatives.”