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Renard names Morocco’s World Cup squad, Azarou misses out

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Morocco coach Herve Renard has announced his final 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with additional three players left out as reserves.

Morocco had embarked once again on the international platform for the first time since 1998 after they topped their World Cup qualifiers group, being the only African side to not concede any defeats in their route to qualification.

The Atlas Lions list for the prestigious tournament did not include the name of Al Ahly striker and Egyptian Premier League top scorer, who marked his return to the national team last March. Additionally, Al Hilal forward Achraf Bencharki wasn’t named among the squad after Moroccan reports claimed he would be called.

Morocco full squad:

Goalkeepers: Monir El Kajoui (CD Numencia), Yassine Bounou (Girona), Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti (IRT)

Defenders: Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahce), Marouane Da Costa (Istanbul Baskasehir), Ghanem Saiss (Wolverhampton), Hamza Mendyl (Lille), Sofiane Amrabat (Feyenoord), Medhi Benatia (Juventus), Achraf Hakimi (Real Madrid), Badr Banoun (RCA)

Midfielders: Karim Al Ahmadi (Feyenoord), Youssef Ait Bennasser (Caen), M’bark Boussoufa (Al Jazira), Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray), Faycal Fajr (Getafe), Amine Harit (Schalke), Noureddine Amrabat (Leganes), Hakim Ziyach (Ajax)

Forwards: Ayoub Al Kaabi (RSB), Khalid Boutaib (Malatyaspor), Aziz Bouhaddouz (FC St. Pauli), Mehdi Carcela Gonzalez (Standard De Liege).

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