World Cup Team Preview: Egypt

Mohamed Salah Egypt

Egypt will be heading to the 2018 World Cup in Russia as one of the five representatives from Africa.

The Pharaohs are making a return to the global showpiece after a 28-year absence having last played in the competition in 1990 in Italy.

They are the most successful African country with seven Africa Cup of Nations titles.

Egypt qualified for the 2018 World Cup after beating Congo 2-1 on October 8, 2017, with star man Mohamed Salah scoring a brace to win the group that also consisted of Ghana and Uganda.

They will open their World Cup campaign against Uruguay before matches against Russia and Saudi Arabia in Group A.

The North African country is currently sweating on the fitness of Salah, who was injured in the final of the Uefa Champions League, where his team lost to Real Madrid.

The Egyptian started 49 games in all competitions this past campaign, scoring 44 goals and bagging 14 assists in his first season at Liverpool.

Salah’s record breaking season at Liverpool led to him scooping some of the big awards in the English Premier League such as PFA Player of the Year, Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year, Premier League Player of the Season as well as the Premier League Top Goal Scorer award.

The Pharaohs are under the mentorship of Hector Cuper and their squad also has players such as Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny and goalkeeper Essam El Hadary, who at age 45 will be the oldest player at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Egypt squad:

Goalkeepers: Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El-Shennawy (Al Ahly), Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly).

Defenders: Ahmed Fathi, Saad Samir, Ayman Ashraf (all Al Ahly), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Al Fateh), Ahmed Hegazi (West Brom), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles FC).

Midfielders: Tarek Hamed, (Zamalek), Shikabala (Zamalek), Abdallah Said (Al Ahli), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Mahmoud Kahraba (Al Ittihad), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud Hassan (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos Athens).

Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool).