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Pahars selects Latvia squad for Turkey, Czech Republic qualifiers

Pahars selects Latvia squad for Turkey, Czech Republic qualifiersLatvia coach Marians Pahars has made a number of changes as he announced the squad for Euro 2016 qualifiers vs Turkey and Czech Republic.

Sarkanbaltsarkanie will not be playing at the tournament finals after taking mere three points from six qualifying matches, but their next two fixtures could influence the outcome of the fight for first three positions in Group A.

Latvia will play Turkey away before hosting Czech Republic and the players that will take part in those matches have been unveiled.

There have been a total of six changes when compared to the previous roster, with 40-year-old keeper Aleksandrs Kolinko (94/0) missing out and his place taken by Kaspars Ikstens (0/0).

While Artis Lazdins (21/0) is sidelined through injury, the likes of Jurijs Zigajevs (35/2) and Daniils Ulimbasevs (0/0) have been overlooked.

Edgars Yermolaev and Igors Kozlovs are among those hoping to make their first ever appearance for the senior national team.

The squad will gather on Sunday, 30 August and will spend next few days in Jurmala before departing for Turkey on 2 September.

Latvia squad:

Goalkeepers: Andris Vanins (Sion), Pavels Steinbors (Nea Salamis Famagusta), Kaspars Ikstens (Jelgava);

Defenders: Kaspars Gorkss (unattached), Vitalijs Jagodinskis (Hoverla), Vladislavs Gabovs (Korona Kielce), Gints Freimanis (Jelgava), Vitalijs Maksimenko (Liepaja), Antons Kurakins (Hamilton), Kaspars Dubra (BATE);

Midfielders: Edgars Jermolajevs (Skonto), Janis İkaunieks (Metz), Aleksandrs Cauna (CSKA Moscow), Arturs Zjuzins (Gazovik Orenburg), İgors Kozlovs (Skonto), İgors Tarasovs (Jagiellonia Bialystok), Olegs Laizans (Ventspils), Aleksandrs Fertovs (Korona Kielce), Aleksejs Visnakovs (Skonto);

Forwards: Arturs Karasausks (Skonto), Deniss Rakels (Cracovia Krakow), Eduards Visnakobs (Ruch Chorzow), Valerijs Sabala (Club Brugge).

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