Russia Women's U17 set off for Portugal
On 13-20 March the Russian Women's U17 team will stage a training camp in Portugal within the preparation to the elite round of the UEFA European Women's U17 Championship 2017 (24-29 March, France).
During the training camp Russia will play two friendly matches against Portugal. The games will take place on 14 and 16 March in Cruz Quebrada, the kick-off times are 19:00 and 14:00 Moscow time accordingly.
20 players will join the team for the training camp in Portugal; 18 of them will get on the final list for the elite round of the EURO.
Here is the players' list for the training camp in Portugal:
Goalkeepers: Tatiana Dronova ("Chertanovo" Moscow), Elena Stanovova ("Kubanochka" Krasnodar).
Defenders: Camilla Abashilova, Daria Mashina, Anastasia Frolova ("Chertanovo" Moscow), Aneliya Kadykova ("Miras" Kazan), Oksana Tyurina, Maria Shepeleva (both "Kubanochka" Krasnodar).
Midfielders: Alsu Abdullina, Olga Belousova, Anastasia Govor, Anastasia Dronova, Christina Komissarova, Yana Sheina ("Chertanovo" Moscow), Anastasiya Abramenko, Anastasia Morozova (both "Enisey" Krasnoyarsk), Daria Boyko ("Kubanochka" Krasnodar), Anastasia Fetisova ("Ryazan-VDV" Ryazan).
Forwards: Varvara Rubtsova, Kristina Cherkasova (both "Chertanovo" Moscow).
Valentin Gavva, Russia Women's U17 Head coach:
- Our team is ready to stage the final training camp before the elite round. We will take the same players to Portugal as we did to the previous training camp in Turkey. We have several promising players of 2002 on the list. And it shall be noted that all the players in this team are competitive. All of them deserve to go to the elite round of the UEFA European Women's U17 Championship 2017 but the list is limited to 18 players. Thus, the coaching staff will have to make a difficult choice.
During the training camp we will play two friendly matches against Portugal - very good opponents who are getting ready to the elite round too. The coaching staff appreciate most of the girls' commitment. They are very determined. We are more than a team, we are a family who live with the common task! This is one of the key factors in getting the result we would like to reach. We want to show our strength. We are not afraid of anyone!