LONDON: National team coach Herve Renard has announced the Saudi Arabia squad for the upcoming 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers next month.
The Green Falcons players selected will now take part in a preparation camp in Riyadh ahead of Group D World Cup qualifying matches against Yemen, Singapore and Uzbekistan from June 3 to 15, which also double up as qualifying games for the Asian Cup in 2023.
Due to travel restrictions across Asia, all Group D matches left to play will be completed in Saudi Arabia at King Saud University Stadium and King Fahd International Stadium in the capital Riyadh.
Saudi Arabia currently top the group on 11 points from their first five games, two points clear of Uzbekistan in second.
If the Green Falcons hold on to top spot, they will be guaranteed a place in the third round of Asian qualifying, which begins in September, for next year’s World Cup in Qatar.
The Saudi team selected by Renard in full:
Mohammed Al Owais, Zaid Al Bawardi, Abdullah Al Oweisheer, Mohammed Al-Rabiei, Hassan Timbekti, Abdullah Mado, Abdul-Ilah Al-Omari, Ali Al-Blaihi, Saud Abdul Hamid, Muhammad Al-Barik, Sultan Al-Ghannam, Muhannad Al-Shanqeeti, Yasser Al-Shahrani, Abdullah Atif, Ali Al-Hassan, Abdul-Ilah Al-Maliki, Ali Al-Asmari, Nasser Al-Dossary, Sami Al-Naji, Salman Al-Faraj, Muhammad Al-Kwaikibi, Fahd Al-Mawlid, Abdulrahman Gharib, Salem Al-Dossary, Firas Al-Braikan, Abdullah Al-Hamdan, Saleh Al-Shehri