Born in the town of Millerovo in Rostov Oblast, Denis Glushakov has spent almost the entirety of his career at two of Moscow's top clubs, Lokomotiv and Spartak. He won his first-ever title in club football when he lifted the Russian Premier League trophy for the latter this season. He initially arrived in the capital with his uncle, former Spartak player Valeri Glushakov, who had set up a trial at CSKA Moscow in 1998. From there, Valeri moved his nephew on to another nearby academy, FC Nika Moscow, which was where Denis began to attract the attention of top-flight scouts. At Lokomotiv and Spartak, the mobile box-to-box midfielder, who is blessed with sweet striking power, has shown unparalleled leadership qualities, representing both clubs as captain.

He made his international debut in 2011 under Dick Advocaat, playing the second half of a 1-1 draw with Qatar. Since then, he has been a regular fixture in the Russian national team and is currently one of the most experienced and important players in the line-up. It did not come as a surprise when Stanislav Cherchesov named Glushakov as one of three vice-captains. His commanding presence and ability to pop up with vital goals at the right time will unquestionably be useful for this young team on home soil.