Saudi Arabia announce final 23-man World Cup squad
Saudi Arabia’s manager Juan Antonio Pizzi has named his final 23-man squad for the World Cup, snubbing five players from the provisional squad.
The squad has been named hours after Saudi Arabia’s 3-0 defeat against Peru, as the Green Falcons still have one more friendly ahead of the World Cup and it will be against World champions Germany.
Pizzi has named a 100% domestic-based squad, with Fahd Al-Muwalad, Mohammad Al-Sahlawi, Taisir Al-Jassim, and Osama Hawsawi being the most notable names.
The five players that were left out of the final squad are goalkeeper Assaf Al-Qarni, Mohammed Jahfali, Saeed Al Mowalad, Mohammed Al-Kwikbi, and Nawaf Al-Abed.
The exclusion of Nawaf Al-Abed is considered a surprise one, given that the player has won over 40 international caps and is one of Al Hilal’s key men.
The Green Falcons have played four pre-World Cup friendlies, winning twice against Algeria and Greece, and losing to each of Italy and Peru.
The final 23-man squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al-Owais, Yasser Al Mosailem, Abdullah Al-Mayouf.
Defenders: Mansoor Al-Harbi, Yasser Al-Shahrani, Mohammed Al-Breik, Motaz Hawsawi, Osama Hawsawi, Omar Hawsawi, Ali Al Bulaihi.
Midfielders: Abdullah Al-Khaibari, Abdulmalek Al-Khaibri, Abdullah Otayf, Taisir Al-Jassim, Housain Al-Mogahwi, Salman Al-Faraj, Mohamed Kanno, Hattan Bahebri, Salem Al-Dawsari, Yahya Al-Shehri.
Forwards: Fahad Al-Muwallad, Mohammad Al-Sahlawi, Muhannad Assiri.