Polish coach Mikhnevich had a detailed conversation with Rybus after the training camp last week.
“The coach informed the player that due to his current position at the club, he will not be called up to the September national team camp and will not be counted in the team that will go to the World Cup in Qatar when determining the squad”,
Polish Football Federation said in a statement.
Rybus has not been a major player in his national team lately. At Euro 2020, held in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the defender played only one match and made one assist in the match against Slovakia, where the Poles lost 1-2.
Qatar – In the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, Rybus played one full match against Andorra in November last year. In total, he made four starters in this qualifying round (twice with the Andorrans, as well as the British and Albanians).
Also, Rybus was absent from the June Nations League games, where the Poles beat Wales (2:1), Belgium twice (1:6 and 0:1) and drew against the Netherlands (2:2).
Former Spartak Moscow player Alexander Mostovoy, in an interview with socialbites.ca correspondent, expressed the opinion that the decision to remove Rybus from the squad will not cause problems for the Poles. “I don’t think this decision will weaken the Polish national team. He is not considered a key player there.
Rybus knew what he was getting into. This story has been going on for a long time. I was surprised that he signed a contract with Spartak.
But Rybus has been in Moscow for many years, he has a Russian wife. He had a choice: leave (but that’s not good for him either) or stay here. In this case, I am completely on his side, ”said Mostovoy.
Former Spartak coach Valery Gladilin is sure that in this situation nothing depends on Rybus. “A football player has to decide his own future. It’s hard to blame him if he decides to leave the team.
He is removed from the national team, but has already signed a contract with Spartak. What will it look like legally? How will he leave, how will FIFA react to it?
The man should play football, not solve political problems. It doesn’t really depend on the player here. In this case, it does not solve anything, ”Gladilin told socialbites.ca.
Spartak reacted calmly to the situation.
We cannot comment on the decisions of the Polish Football Federation. Matsey signed an agreement with Spartak, the club believes in him, and the player himself is preparing for the start of the training camp with the team, ”said Dmitry Zelenov, head of the Spartak press service to the Championship.
It is interesting that Poland’s Sebastian Szymanski and Grzegorz Krychowiak are playing in the RPL, but there is no decision yet about their fate in the team. They are more important players in the national team.
“Today’s announcement was about Rybus. There are currently no further comments about Krychowiak and Szymanski, Jakub Kwiatkowski, press officer of the Polish national team, told Match TV.
Recall that on March 24, Poland had to play against Russia in the 1/2 final match of the play-off tournament for the right to play in the 2022 World Cup, but on February 26 she issued a statement that she refused. Entering the field due to events in Ukraine.
Similar decisions were taken by the Swedish and Czech Republic federations playing in a parallel joint match.
As a result, the Association of European Football Associations (UEFA) decided to exclude Russia from all international matches, and the Poles immediately reached the final, where they beat Sweden and went to the World Cup in Qatar.
Poland is not the first national team to refuse to call a player because of his career in Russia. This practice was first applied by the Ukraine team after the events of 2014.
The most recent example is the story of Yaroslav Rakytsky. The football player transferred to Zenit St. from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2019. He was criticized in his hometown for transferring to St. Petersburg. He lost his place in the national team and decided to retire from the national team in November 2019.
Anatoly Timoshchuk joined the Executive Committee of the Ukrainian Football Federation (FFU) in 2017, but was expelled soon after. This is Timoşçuk’s St. Petersburg club, Romanian coach Mircea Lucescu decided to become his assistant.
But there is an example where playing in Russia did not prevent playing for the Ukraine team: talented midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko made his debut for the national team on October 10, 2015 in a match against the Spanish national team. The player played that match when he was still a Ufa player.