COACH: Dick Advocaat
WORLD RANKING: 11
QUALIFIED: Group B winners
BEST EURO FINISH: Semi-finals (2008)
PLAYING STYLE: High-tempo
STRENGTHS: They’re solid in defence, but their pacy full-backs fly when the team’s in possession. Plenty of options for the lone striker role, too.
WEAKNESSES: They didn’t score a huge number of goals in qualifying and might lack a top-quality playmaker in the middle.
Club: CSKA Moscow
Russian footy experts have been banging on about this cheeky little playmaker for a few years now – but this summer could see him become a household name across Europe.
He sulked his way out of Arsenal, but little Andrey is still a legend in Russia and is capable of the impossible.
Population: 143 million
Official language: Russian
Best ever player: Lev Yashin
Keep up to date with the latest footballing news and views with Match of the Day magazine.