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Latvian squad announced

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Latvian national team coach Marians Pahars announced a 20-player squad for the upcoming friendly trip to Macedonia.

Latvia will be coming with a mixed squad of domestic and foreign based players. Two players are called up for the first time and may remember Skopje for the rest of their lives if they make their debut: left back Antons Kurakins and right wing Roberts Savaļnieks The squad also features 35-year-old veteran midfielder Juris Laizāns who has made 113 appearances and is currently third in the country's history. He and 38-year-old keeper Aleksandrs Koļinko are the only ones that were part of the Latvian squad that played at the EURO 2004. Coach Marians Pahars was also playing for the squad back then. Latvia will be without injured CSKA Moskva midfielder Aleksandrs Cauņa.

Andris Vaņins - Sion, Switzerland
Aleksandrs Koļinko - Baltika, Russia

Kaspars Gorkšs - Reading, England
Vitālijs Maksimenko - Kilmarnock, Scotland
Nauris Bulvītis - Aarau, Switzerland
Antons Kurakins - Ventspils
Renār Rode - Teplice, Czech Republic
Vladislavs Gabovs - Skonto

Artis Lazdiņš - free agent
Artūrs Zjuzins - Baltika, Russia
Aleksejs Višņakovs - Widzew Łódź, Poland
Aleksandrs Fertovs - Sevastopol, Ukraine
Juris Laizāns - Skonto
Roberts Savaļnieks - Jagiellonia Białystok, Poland
Ritvars Rugins - Skonto
Jurijs Žigajevs - Ventspils
Andrejs Kovaļovs - Dacia, Moldova

Artjoms Rudņevs - Hannover 96, Germany
Eduards Višņakovs - Widzew Łódź, Poland
Valērijs Šabala - Skonto

Macedonia already announced the squad earlier on Wednesday. The game will be played on 5 March at the National Arena Philip II of Macedon in Skopje with kick-off scheduled for 19.00 CET.


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