Mohamed Salah named in final Egypt World Cup squad

Mohamed Salah, pictured here during a friendly between Egypt and Portugal in March, 2018, has been named in the Egypt squad by Hector Cuper. (AFP)
Updated 05 June 2018

Mohamed Salah named in final Egypt World Cup squad

  • Salah one of 15 foreign-based players in the 23
  • He could be fit to face Saudi Arabia on June 25

CAIRO: Mohamed Salah is set to play some part in the World Cup after he was named in Egypt’s official squad.
Salah’s participation was cast into major doubt when he was withdrawn injured in the first half of the Champions League final defeat by Real Madrid in Kiev on May 26.
The Egyptian walked off the pitch in tears and there was a fear the injury to his left shoulder would keep him out of the showpiece tournament in Russia.
But a Liverpool physio said last week that he expects Salah to be sidelined for “between three and four weeks," meaning he could be fit for the key game with Saudi Arabia on June 25.
The Liverpool forward was optimistic about his recovery when posting on social media on Sunday.
“Good feelings... ,” Salah said on his official Twitter account along with a picture of him at the gym.
Salah missed Egypt’s goalless draw with Colombia last Friday as the North Africans continue their World Cup preparations.
Egypt play Belgium in their final warm-up game on Wednesday before opening their World Cup campaign against Group A rivals Uruguay on June 15. Hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia also compete in the same group.
Egypt’s squad includes 15 foreign-based players, most notably Salah, Mohamed Elneny, Mahmoud Trezeguet, Ramadan Sobhi, Ahmed Hegazi and Abdallah El-Said.
The eight Egypt-based players are Al Ahly’s Sherif Ekramy, Mohamed El-Shennawy, Ayman Ashraf, Ahmed Fathi Saad Samir, Marwan Mohsen, and Zamalek’s Mahmoud Hamdy El-Wensh and Tarek Hamed.

The unlucky five players to be cut from the 29-man squad were Mohamed Awaad, SC Braga forward Ahmed Hassan Kouka, Orlando City’s Amro Tarek, Zamalek’s Mahmoud Abdel-Aziz, Al-Masry forward Ahmed Gomaa, and Karim Hafez of RC Lens.

Egypt’s World Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (Al-Taawoun), Mohamed El-Shennawy (Al-Ahly), Sherif Ekramy (Al-Ahly).
Defenders: Ahmed Fathi (Al-Ahly), Saad Samir (Al-Ahly), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Mohamed AbdelShafy (Al-Fath), Ahmed Hegazi (West Brom), Ali Gabr (West Brom), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Omar Gaber (LAFC), Mahmoud Hamdy El-Wensh (Zamalek).
Midfielders: Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mahmoud Abdel-Razik Shikabala (Al-Raed), Abdallah El-Said (Al-Ahli), Sam Mursi (Wigan), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Mahmoud Kahraba (Ittihad), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud Trezeguet (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos).
Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al-Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool).

A HAT-TRICK OF HOPES: What the UAE and Saudi Arabia should be looking for from their friendly

Updated 20 March 2019

A HAT-TRICK OF HOPES: What the UAE and Saudi Arabia should be looking for from their friendly

  • Can the Whites and Green Falcons find the back of the net more often?
  • Both teams need to set the tone ahead of the important World Cup qualifiers.

LONDON: Ahead of Thursday’s friendly between the UAE and Saudi Arabia Arab News looks at the main priorities for both sides as they embark on their new eras after the Asian Cup and ahead of the all-important the World Cup qualifiers.


For the past 18 months both sides have struggled for goals. Under Alberto Zaccheroni the UAE scored just 10 goals in the past nine matches — five of those coming against lowly Kyrgyzstan and India — and likewise the Green Falcons have also struggled to find the back of the net. Heading toward the World Cup qualifiers, now is the time to find those scoring boots.


Both sides have technically gifted players, can keep the ball and at times trouble opposition defenses. But both have been too defensive, too safety-first and, at times, too dull. Football is supposed to be entertainment, and the friendlies ahead of the World Cup qualifiers might be no bad time to throw caution to the wind and see what the players can do in the final third.


As the modern cliche goes, a week is a long time in football. With all the sackings and player movements, it is not hard to see the kernel of truth in that overused saying. But, conversely, time can also move very fast in the “Beautiful Game.” It may be six months before the World Cup qualifiers begin, but it will be September before the coaches and players know it. Set the tone and tactics now and triumphs will be easier to come by then and, more importantly, further into the future.