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Hegazi: We had to get used to facing all types of opponents

Hegazi: We had to get used to facing all types of opponents

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Egypt international defender has given his verdict on the March international friendlies following the  game.

The Pharaohs suffered two losses in the March friendlies, falling to Portugal and Greece ahead of the  next June.

READ: Mohamed Salah gives opinion on March friendlies

Ahmed Hegazi played the full 90 minutes against Portugal, but was rested against Greece as Héctor Cúper tried new faces, bringing on Saad Samir, Mohamed Awad, Ayman Ashraf, Mohamed Magdy, and Hussein El-Shahat.

The West Brom defender is one of the names, who pretty much booked their place in the World Cup squad, but it remains to be seen who will play alongside him, Ali Gabr, Rami Rabia or Saad Samir.

“The international camp was very good and we have benefited from the two games that we have had a lot,” Hegazi told ONSport after the Greece game.

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“We are playing with a certain system and we were trying to add other things to our system during the camp.

“It was important to play against different football styles other than the African ones as we had to get used to facing all types of opponents before the World Cup,” he added.

Ahmed Hegazi will now shift his focus on the club matters as West Brom are fighting for survival in the Premier League and it’s not going to be an easy task as they will have to collect points against teams like Manchester United, Liverpool, and Tottenham.

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Egypt’s next games will be against Kuwait on May, 26, before facing Colombia and Belguim on June 1 and June 6 respectively.

The Pharaohs were drawn in group A alongside Uruguay, Saudi Arabia and hosts Russia, with their first game coming against the South American side, then Russia and Saudi Arabia.

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