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Wednesday, 22 May, 2002, 10:50 GMT 11:50 UK

Alexei Smertin

Club: Bordeaux
Position: Midfielder

A skilful and influential midfielder who can also play in defence and out wide.

An all-round player, he is uncompromising in the tackle but also possesses some surprising skill.

Seen as something of a playmaker in France where he plays his club football after making his name with Lokomotiv Moscow.

He played six times in qualifying, and although he sometimes struggles with injuries, if he is fit he will start.


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