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Sobhi: Our eyes are on the 2018 World Cup, 2022 is a long wait

Sobhy & Hegazy, ghana

Stoke City winger and Egypt international Ramadan Sobhi spoke to ON Sport about his hopes with his club and the national team ahead of Egypt’s 2018 World Cup Qualifier against Ghana.

Egypt is set to host Ghana on Sunday in the teams’ second match of the group stages, with Egypt leading the group with three points and Ghana in second place with one point.

Sobhi started by confirming that he is physically ready to participate in the game and is training normally, despite suffering from a minor cramp in Stoke’s draw with West Ham in the English Premier League.

The 19-year-old went on to explain that the whole squad facing Ghana is focused on winning the match to get closer to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, but claimed that it will not be an easy game.

“Ghana’s match will be tough, but we want to win to strengthen our hopes of reaching the 2018 World Cup. We don’t want to wait five more years to start the 2022 qualifiers,” he said.

“The Egyptian people really want to qualify and I would like to tell them that the players really want to as well. I promise the fans that we don’t want them to leave the stadium feeling down, and that we will do our best to make them happy.”

Ramadan Sobhi also claimed that he respects the decisions of the managerial staff, whether at Stoke City or with the national team.

“Of course I always want to start, but the manager decides what is best for the team. Especially against Ghana, we should all help the players on the field, because what really matters is meeting our objective of qualifying to the World Cup,” he said, and continued, “There is no difference between a domestic player and player playing abroad, in the end we are one team that shares the same objective.”

“I have been at Stoke for only two and a half months and I plan on staying there and achieving many things. I’m happy that the managers have trust in me, and I continue to work hard,” he explained.

Sobhi concluded, “I always want to do well when I play, and I hope I play well against Ghana if the manager decides to play me.”

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