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Midfielder Denisov, who this month was made Russia captain by Capello, has been demoted to Zenit’s reserve team after he refused to play for the club and issued an ultimatum to renegotiate his contract.

Kerzhakov was also demoted for “improper behaviour”, Zenit said.

Former national team skipper Andrei Arshavin was left out by Capello because the Arsenal forward has seen little action for his London club this season.

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