Russia will take on Croatia in Sochi on Sunday after edging out 2010 World Cup winners Spain on penalties to reach their first-ever World Cup quarter-final.

"It's pleasant that our team is being praised for our character and spirit. These things make it possible to achieve a result," said Gabulov.

"Our team have other merits too, though, such as our tactical skills and the right setting for the game from our coaching staff. But it's pleasant that the character is also noted," he added.

The 34-year-old Club Brugge keeper has ten caps for Russia. He and  Zenit St Petersburg's Andrey Lunyov are playing back-up to Igor Akinfeev during the tournament.