Paris - The head of Russia's football federation has blasted
the country's players for a lack of talent and desire as they exited the
European Championship in the group stage.
Vitaly Mutko, who is also Russia's Sports Minister, says
fourth place in Group B with defeats to Wales and Slovakia "shows the real
level of our football" ahead of a home World Cup in 2018.
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Mutko tells Russian state news agency Tass that "we
don't have any top class players right now" and that "perhaps many
have a lack of desire to grow, to move, to perfect themselves."
Mutko adds Russia should focus on developing young players
and improving the domestic league but "you can't change anything in an
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