Neustadter gets green light for Russia Euro 2016 selection

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The Schalke midfielder, who can also play in defence, can now have his spot in the country's squad confirmed after his citizenship paperwork was processed this week

Roman Neustadter's spot in Russia's Euro 2016 squad can now be confirmed after the Schalke midfielder gained citizenship on Wednesday.

Neustadter was included in Leonid Slutsky's 23-man party for the tournament in France, having committed his international future to Russia despite earning two Germany caps in 2012 and 2013.

Slutsky was forced into a change of his initial squad when an ankle injury forced Alan Dzagoev out of the tournament, but any concerns over Neustadter's status were quelled when his documents were processed this week.

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Slutsky said on Tuesday: "I think it's not a secret that Roman can play a central defender or a midfielder. 

"I didn't plan to invent any new position for him. We have two weeks to decide at which of the mentioned positions he will be more useful for the team."