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Andrejs Stolcers handed Latvia call-up

last updated Saturday 13th April 2002, 9:49 AM
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Fulham striker Andrejs Stolcers has been named by Latvia coach Aleksandrs Starkovs in his squad for the friendly with Kazakhstan next Wednesday.

Since Andrejs' first appearance for his country in October 1996 he has gained 57 caps has scored 7 goals.

The 27-year-old has barely featured for The Cottagers this season, making just four appearances as a substitute, and the chance of a game with his international team-mates will come as a welcome break for the former Shakhtar Donetsk man.

The Latvia coach has named just one new face, Dinaburg defender Dmitrijs Nalivaiko, who is handed his international chance while Premiership trio Andrejs Stolcers, Igor Stepanovs and Marian Pahars are among eight foreign-based players in the squad.

The match is the first home friendly Latvia have played outside Riga in ten years and also marks a significant time in the history of Kazakh football.

The former Soviet republic is in the process of trying to leave the Asian federation to join Uefa, and will find out if its application has been successful at a Uefa congress later this month.
Latvian squad to play Kazakhstan in Venstpils on April 17th:

Latvia squad:

Goalkeepers: Kolinko (C Palace), Pavlovs (Skonto), Fjodorovs (Dinaburg Daugavpil)

Defenders: I Stepanovs (Arsenal), Isakovs (Skonto), Zakresevskis (Skonto), Zemlinskis (Skonto), Lukasevics (Ventspils), Korablovs, Nalivaiko (Dinaburg Daugavpils)

Midfielders: Astafjevs (Bristol R), Laizans, Bleidelis, Rubins (C Palace), Pucinsks (Dinaburg Daugavpils), I Stepanovs (FK Ventspils), Dobrecovs (Metalurgs Liepaja)

Forwards: Kolesnicenko (Skonto), Pahars (Southampton), Verpakovskis (Skonto), Stolcers (Fulham)
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