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Andrejs Stolchers selected for Latvia

last updated Friday 01st June 2001, 7:37 PM
Andrejs Stolchers
Andrejs Stolchers
Fulham's Latvian star Andrejs Stolchers has been selected again for the National side and is likely to start in the World Cup qualifier against Belgium on Saturday evening.

Latvia's newly-appointed Russian coach Alexanders Starkovs did his best to speak in Latvian throughout Friday's press conference as he looked to score some early points with the Latvian media, who had such a big say in the departure of Englishman Gary Johnson.

Changes have been forced upon the coach. as Metalurgs pair Dzintars Zirnis and Viktors Dobrecovs are both unavailable through injury, as is the Skonto Riga goalkeeper Andris Piedels and Ventspils wing-back Viktors Lukashevichs and Skonto forward Alexandrs Eliseevs have been left out of the party.

The most interesting newcomer to the squad is right full-back Alexander Isakovs, who plays in Russia for Volgar-Gazprom.

Starkovs warned that his players will be instructed to play a containing game against the dangerous Belgians, and singled out Emile Mpenza and Marc Wilmots as the main threats.

Belgium will go top of the group with a win, as leaders Scotland are not in action.

Latvia (probable): Kolinko, Isakovs, Stepanovs, Zakreshevskis, Blagonadezdins, Astafjevs, Rubins, Laizans, Stolcers, Verpakovskis, Pahars

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