Andrei Kanchelskis says Russia’s national football team can forget about playing anyone for ’30 years’
Manchester United and Russia legend Andrei Kanchelskis has tipped his country’s national team into a difficult future as they currently persist in the “abyss” and will find no opponents for “30 years,” said the former winger.
Kanchelskis spoke to Sport24 in his homeland and reacted to a recent announcement made by Russian manager Valeri Karpin.
With Russia barred from international competitions due to FIFA and UEFA bans in response to the military operation in Ukraine, Karpin confirmed that Russia would not hold training camps or matches during in the summer to give the players a rest.
“As for the next team meeting, I’m not ready to answer that question yet. Let’s see how events develop,” Karpin insisted.
Considering that the sanctions saw Russia excluded from the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Qatar and UEFA also expelled Russia from the Nations League, Kanchelskis wholeheartedly approved of Karpin’s decision and would have found a reverse approach futile.
“Certainly,” Kanchelskis confirmed, when asked if it was the right decision. ” What’s the point ? Why bring the guys together like that?
“When they tell us that we can play in international tournaments, then it will be possible to [call up] our players.”
“Forget for about 30 years that the Russian team will play anywhere. We have problems, that’s what happened,” he lamented.
When told how many people think the Russian national team should always be called up so the group can stay fit and as a team, Kanchelskis pointed out that the rest of the football community “don’t touch us” right now, and that it will only be productive when Russia can participate in international tournaments.
“For the moment, they have simply killed and annihilated us! We are in the abyss! We are in a total mess!” Kanchelskis, 53, spoke about the sanctions imposed on Russian football.
Winning two Premier League titles at Old Trafford in the early 90s, the Ukraine-born Kanchelskis won the European Under-21 Championship with the former Soviet Union before scoring three times in 17 appearances for the senior team.
For Russia, Kanchelskis scored four times in 36 appearances and represented them at Euro ’92 and Euro ’96.
Given that he led a player boycott against head coach Pavel Sadyrin at the time, however, Kanchelskis did not play for Russia in the 1994 World Cup in the United States.
Kanchelskis also enjoyed a club career that spanned spells at Everton, Glasgow Rangers and Fiorentina, among others.