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"It's clear to everyone": ex-Russian national team player complains that Russians are being "given hope" of participating in the 2026 World Cup

Oleksandr ChekanovNews
Kanchelskis speaks about football in Russia

Former Russian national football player Andrey Kanchelskis expressed confidence that the national team from the aggressor country will not participate in the 2026 World Cup. The former player of Dynamo Kyiv, Shakhtar Donetsk, and Manchester United noted that it is unlikely that the Russian representatives will return in the next few years.

Kanchelskis said this in an interview with the RB Sport portal. The native of Kirovohrad (now Kropyvnytskyi), who spoke cynically about the war in Ukraine, recalled that the European Football Union (UEFA) had previously banned the Russians from the Nations League and the qualifying tournament for the 2024 FIFA World Cup.

''It's clear to everyone'': ex-Russian national team player complains that Russians are being ''given hope'' of participating in the 2026 World Cup
''It's clear to everyone'': ex-Russian national team player complains that Russians are being ''given hope'' of participating in the 2026 World Cup

"We should not have any illusions about the national team's performance on the international stage. We have already been banned from the Euro and the League of Nations. This trend will continue for a few more years. The Russian Federation can say whatever they want, give fans hope, but the Russian national team will not be at the 2026 World Cup, we will not be allowed - it's clear to everyone," Kanchelskis said.

Earlier, the legendary footballer of the Russian national team and Zenit St. Petersburg  Andrey Arshavin assessed the chances of he Russian team returning to UEFA tournaments.

''It's clear to everyone'': ex-Russian national team player complains that Russians are being ''given hope'' of participating in the 2026 World Cup
''It's clear to everyone'': ex-Russian national team player complains that Russians are being ''given hope'' of participating in the 2026 World Cup

As reported by OBOZ.UA, Russia announced that their teams would return to international football tournaments in Europe in 2024.

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