Updates on the 30th of October at 18:08 with info about Teever's last game and the friendly game against Jordan
Updated on the 6th of November at 15:34 with the final list of 24 players and new info
Updated on the 10th of November at 17:13 - Pikk and Hunt are not going to Norway and shall be back for the game against San Marino.
Magnus Pehrsson has notified the final list of 24 players for the upcoming games against Norway (friendly on the 12th of November in Oslo) and San Marino (Euro 2016 qualifier in Serravalle).
Let’s check role by role
GOALKEEPERS – NOTHING NEW
Apart from Pareiko, Londak and Aksalu, Pehrsson called also Marko Meerits. The latter one was dropped by the Swedish coach.
Meanwhile Pareiko is officially without a club since he forwarded papers to his former employer (Nizhni Volga Novgorod, Russian First Division) following contractual disagreements. At the moment, he is training in Poland with his former goalkeepers’ coach at Wisla Krakow.
DEFENDERS – CAPTAIN KLAVAN MISSING
‘Considering Ragnar cannot make it to San Marino,’ explained Magnus Pehrsson to the Estonian FA website ‘therefore we decided not to bring him to Oslo either.’ The Estonian captain Ragnar Klavan (FC Augsburg) has collected 99 caps with the ‘sinisärk’ (blue jersey) therefore his 100th cap is postponed to 2015 (27th of March when Estonia will travel to Switzerland for the European Qualifiers game).
The other names are the usual ones including Flora’s Taavi Rähn who was dropped also in the previous final selections. Karol Mets was moved from the midfielders/strikers list into the defenders one. Karol is already in the interest range of clubs outside Estonia according to Rumori sources (in September he received appreciation from Fulham’s scout Brian Talbot).
Artur Pikk will not travel to Norway due to military service, he will be available for the game against San Marino. No replacement was named.
MIDFIELDERS AND STRIKER – TEEVER’S RETURN AND CALL FOR SUBBOTIN
His decisive goals in the Tallinn’s derby have earned Levadia’s striker Ingemar Teever a call to the national team in his 30’s. It would not be a debut for him since the veteran striker who has also played abroad (Sweden and Germany) has already collected 24 caps and 4 goals in the national selection. He debuted over 10 years ago on the 29th of March 2003 when the coach was Dutch Arno Pijpers. His last game was in 2006 (Russia-Estonia 2-0 in St. Petersburg). 'It's a great surprise' told the Levadia's striker to the Estonian press 'Artjunin (teammate at Levadia -edit) called me and asked me my e-mail address. He said ''it seems I'll be your teammate in the national team for the first time.''
The final list sees the inclusion of Levadia's topscorer, Igor Subbotin (just one cap with the national team) as Ats Purje was dropped as expected due to injury. Henri Anier was instead confirmed. The Estonian striker, who has featured as a start in all the latest games of the Eesti Koondis, seems to have recovered from an injury he picked after 6 minutes into DFB Pokal game with his club, FC Erzegbirge Aue (2.Bundesliga). ‘In the next days we will evaluate the situation,’ told Henri to the Estonian press back. He had pulled hock ligaments however, nothing should be broken according to a first rough assessment.
If Henri will not be ready for the the game against Norway, time for Motherwell’s Henrik Ojamaa to start.
Calls also for Blackpool’s Zenjov (he admitted he looks forward to national team games as a chance to his newborn baby); Piast Gliwice’s Vassiljev (who just scored a screamer goal in the Polish Cup eight of finals – check video here).
Besides the two games with Norway and San Marino, Estonia will hold a friendly game on the 18th in Tallinn. The fixture is still to be confirmed since FIFA allows only two games per international break (including qualifiers). The Estonian FA has requested a waiver.
A separate list of players for this game has been communicated (you can find it here at the Estonian FA website) and it includes, among several Premium Liiga's players, also SSC Napoli Primavera talent, Frank Liivak.
Due to Kazakhi season ending late on Sunday and the long trip ahead, Rimo Hunt was dropped for the game against Norway in favour of Hannes Anier
The List of 24 to travel to Norway and San Marino
Mihkel Aksalu (07.11.1984) – SJK (FIN) 12/0
Sergei Pareiko (31.01.1977) – without a club 61/0
Pavel Londak (14.05.1980) – FK Bodø/Glimt (NOR) 24/0
Artjom Artjunin (24.01.1990) – Tallinna FC Levadia (EST) 3/0
Alo Bärengrub (12.02.1984) – Nõmme Kalju (EST) FC 46/0
Enar Jääger (18.11.1984) – without a club 109/0
Ken Kallaste (31.08.1988) – Nõmme Kalju FC 11/0
Igor Morozov (27.05.1989) – Debrecen VSC (HUN) 27/0
Taijo Teniste (31.01.1988) – Sogndal Fotball (NOR) 33/0
Karol Mets (16.05.1993) – Tallinna FC Flora (EST) 11/0
MF and FW
Henri Anier (17.12.1990) – FC Erzgebirge Aue (GER) 19/5
Ilja Antonov (05.12.1992) – Tallinna FC Levadia (EST) 11/0
Aleksandr Dmitrijev (18.02.1982) – Tallinna FC Levadia (EST) 86/0
Hannes Anier (16.01.1993) – FW, FC Erzgebirge Aue (GER) 2/1
Gert Kams (25.05.1985) – FC Flora (EST) 36/2
Dmitri Kruglov (24.05.1984) – Tallinna FC Levadia (EST) 92/3
Joel Lindpere (05.10.1981) – FC Baník Ostrava (CZE) 96/7
Henrik Ojamaa (20.05.1991) – Motherwell FC (SCO) 20/0
Igor Subbotin (26.06.1990) – Tallinna FC Levadia 1/0
Sergei Zenjov (20.04.1989) – Blackpool FC (ENG) 37/7
Ingemar Teever (24.02.1983) – Tallinna FC Levadia (EST) 24/4
Konstantin Vassiljev (16.08.1984) – Piast Gliwice (POL) 73/17
Martin Vunk (21.08.1984) – Nõmme Kalju FC (EST) 67/1
The excluded ones
*Artur Pikk (05.03.1993) – Tallinna FC Levadia (EST) 2/0
*Rimo Hunt (05.11.1985) – FW, FC Kaisar Kyzylorda (KAZ) 6/1
Marko Meerits (26.04.1992) – GK, FC Emmen (NED) 2/0
Taavi Rähn (16.05.1981) – DF, Tallinna FC Flora (EST) 74/0
Sergei Mošnikov (07.01.1988) – MF, Tallinna FC Flora (EST) 21/0
Albert Prosa (01.10.1990) – FW, Tallinna FC Flora (EST) 4/0
Ats Purje (03.08.1985) – MF, Kuopion Palloseura (FIN) 47/5
Kaimar Saag (05.08.1988) – FW, Assyriska FF (SWE) 46/3
*they shall return against San Marino