Russian Premier League President Sergey Pryadkin said on Wednesday night that Russia would have qualified for the World Cup final if they had defeated Croatia in their quarter-final encounter.
Russia lost on penalties to Croatia on Saturday and were eliminated from their home tournament, while Croatia defeated England 2-1 on Wednesday and qualified for their first-ever final, where they will face France on Sunday.
"It's doubly disappointing that we lost [to Croatia] on penalties in Sochi. If we had beat [Croatia] in Sochi, we would have qualified [for the final]. I have a feeling that there will be a good start in autumn [in the League of Nations]. I'm sure that there will be two or three major changes [in the line-up], young players will show their worth - [midfielder Aleksandr] Tashayev and [forward Fedor] Chalov. I think we have quite a good future," Pryadkin told journalists.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 and will continue until Sunday, with the final set to be held at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.