FIFA has cleared teenage midfielder Sergei Eremenko to play for Russia at the World Cup by approving his change of national eligibility from Finland.
A request by the Russian Football Union was approved on Monday, FIFA said.
The 19-year-old Eremenko was born in Russia and currently plays on loan at Spartak Moscow. His father, Alexei, has Finnish citizenship after playing and coaching there for much of his career.
Sergei Eremenko represented Finland at youth level, following his elder brothers Alexei...