Salah Headlines Egypt's WC Squad, Ex-PSL Striker Misses Out
Mohamed Salah Headlines Egypt's 2018 FIFA World Cup Squad, Ex-Premier Soccer League Striker Misses Out
Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah headlines Egypt's 35-man provisional squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, while a former Premier Soccer League striker missed out.
The Pharaohs have been drawn in Group A alongside World Cup hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay, and will prepare for their first appearance at the showpiece since 1990 with a friendly against Kuwait on 26 May, before facing Belgium on 6 June.
Hector Cuper's side is a mix of locally-based players and overseas-based stars, with Salah, Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion) and Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City) being the standout names.
Meanwhile, former Bidvest Wits striker Amr Gamal missed out on the preliminary squad, but has been placed on the standby list.
Here is Egypt's 35-man provisional squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (Taawoun, Saudi Arabia), Mohamed El-Shennawi (Al Ahly), Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly), Mohamed Awaad (Ismaily)
Defenders: Ahmed Fathi (Ahly), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa, England), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles FC, US), Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Al-Fateh, Saudi Arabia), Saad Samir (Ahly), Ahmed Hegazi, Ali Gabr (both West Bromwich Albion, England), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Karim Hafiz (Lens, France), Amro Tarek (Orlando City, US), Mahmoud "El-Winsh" Hamdy (Zamalek)
Midfielders: Shikabala (Al-Raed, Saudi Arabia), Abdallah El-Said (KuPS, Finland), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal, England), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mahmoud Kahraba (Ittihad Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), Mahmoud "Trezeguet" Hassan (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City, England), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic, England), Amr Warda (Atromitos, Greece), Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz (Zamalek)
Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, England), Marwan Mohsen (AL Ahly), Ahmed Koka (Sporting Braga, Portugal), Ahmed Gomaa (Masry)
Standby players: Amer Mohamed (Entag El-Harby), Walid Soliman (Al Ahly) Hossam Ashour (Al Ahly), Hamada Tolba (Alassiouty Sport), Momen Zakaria (Al Ahly, on loan at Al Ahly Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), Amr Gamal (Al Ahly, on loan at HJK Helsinki, Finland).
Egypt begin their World Cup campaign against Uruguay on 15 June.
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