Capello accidentally calls up wrong player for Russia

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Fabio Capello was left red faced, after he called up the wrong player for his preliminary Russia squad next month.

The former England coach thought he had chosen Andrey Semyonov, but he had in fact selected Andrey Semyonov.

Confused yet?

Capello actually wanted the Semyonov who plies his trade at Terek Grozny. Little did he know it was the defender's namesake of Lokomotiv Moscow's reserves who was selected.

With both players sharing the same name and position, selection couldn't have been more confusing for the Italian.

"My teammates congratulated me on the call up," said the Lokomotiv defender. "They were surprised but sincere because the information was official."

"I was surprised too to put it mildly, but I do have an experience with the Under-21 team. I will do my best to get a real call-up in the future."

The Russian Football Association issued an apology, notifying the correct player of his selection.

The 'other' Semyonov, of Terek was surprised at his inclusion in the squad. The 24-year-old has never represented the national team at any level, and is overwhelmed by the news.

"I was surprised to see my name on the list. It's a great pleasure to be mentioned amongst such stars.

"I knew I am getting better, and there were compliments from coaches, so progressing to the national team did cross my mind, but I never expected to get the call up so soon."

Russia will face Armenia in an international friendly on March 5.

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