Zenit striker Artem Dzyuba refused an invitation to the Russian national team to prepare for the next qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup. About this he stated “Match TV”.
“I thought about this situation for a long time and came to the conclusion that I have not yet gained the optimal form to help the national team 100 percent. The previous season turned out to be very difficult and long. There were great expectations from the Euro, serious preparation, we gave our all, but the result was unsuccessful. All this affected both the physical form and the emotional. Therefore, it was difficult to enter the new season. Now, little by little, I began to return to its previous form, but I feel that I have not yet fully typed it. The national team has the most important games ahead, so it would be wrong to go and take someone else’s place now. About which I honestly told the coach. I wish our guys a lot of luck in the upcoming matches. I hope that by the November matches I can be in optimal readiness, but I understand that there can be no guarantees here. I will work and give all my best, and time will tell, ”said Dziuba.
He stressed that he intends to continue his career in the national team, and this decision is “related to a specific situation.” “I hope to play in our team more than once and score more than one goal,” Dziuba said.
An expanded national squad was announced today to prepare for the 2022 World Cup matches for the coming matches. Russia on October 8 will play with the team of Slovakia, and on October 11 will play against the Slovenian national team. Dziuba entered the list of 34 players.