Russia midfielder Igor Semshov has warned not to underestimate his team and is pinning his hopes on replicating their fine performance at Euro 2008.
Russia winger Diniyar Bilyaletdinov has completed his transfer from Everton to Spartak Moscow.
Andrei Arshavin continues to be linked with a return to Russia with big-spending club Anzhi Makhachkala, but widespread reports suggest he is set to turn down the move.
Roman Pavlyuchenko's agent has denied reports the Tottenham Hotspur striker has agreed a deal with Lokomotiv Moscow.
England will avoid old rivals Germany in the group stages of Euro 2012 after UEFA confirmed the seedings for next summer's tournament.
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov is ready to leave Everton in a bid to improve his chances of playing for Russia at Euro 2012, with the midfielder stating he has "already started working on" a move.
Cameroon star Samuel Eto'o insists he moved to Anzhi Makhachkala from Inter Milan because "the future of football is in Russia", denying that the massive salary on offer was his main motivation.
Russia coach Dick Advocaat has revealed that he will leave his post if the side fail to qualify for Euro 2012.
Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala are close to confirming the signing of Samuel Eto'o from Inter Milan.
Russia international Yuri Zhirkov has completed his return to his homeland after swapping Chelsea for big-spending Anzhi Makhachka.
Former Brazil defender Roberto Carlos had told Neymar to shun interest from the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea and move to join him at Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia.
Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko has denied that he is set to return to his native Russia with big-spending Anzhi Makhachkala.
AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso has rejected a move to Russian-based club Anzhi Makhachkala and will remain with the Italian champions next season.
England fought back from two goals down but still dropped two precious points against Switzerland as their bid to reach next summer's European Championship finals stuttered.
Yuri Zhirkov has claimed Chelsea's medical staff denied him the chance to take part in the run-in despite him feeling he had recovered from injury.