ISRAEL COACH Eli Gutman 370.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
Israel coach Eli Gutman announced his 24-man squad for the blue-and-white’s
upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifiers on Sunday, handing Maharan Radi his first
call up while bringing Gal Alberman back to the fold after nearly two years
Eran Zahavi, Biram Kiyal and Rami Gershon are all missing from the
squad for the qualifiers at Azerbaijan on Friday and against Russia next Tuesday
due to injuries, with Gal Shish and Yoav Ziv being called up to fight for the
starting role at left-back vacated by Gershon.
“We are opening the
campaign brimming with confidence,” said Gutman, who will hold a press
conference to explain his decisions on Monday.
“I have full faith in the
players I called up.”
Goalkeepers: Dudu Aouate (RCD Mallorca), Danny Amos (Ironi Kiryat Shmona), Ariel
Harush (Betar Jerusalem).
Defenders: Tal Ben-Haim (out of contract), Elad
Gabai, Shir Tzedek (Ironi Kiryat Shmona), Yuval Spungin (Omonia Nicosia), Dan
Mori (Vitesse Arnhem), Eitan Tibi, Yoav Ziv (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Gal Shish
Midfielders: Yossi Benayoun (West Ham United), Lior
Rafaelov (Club Brugge), Almog Cohen (Nuremburg), Bibras Natcho (Rubin Kazan),
Maor Melikson (Wisla Krakow), Gili Vermut (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Maharan Radi, Gal
Alberman (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Hen Ezra (Maccabi Haifa).
Damari (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Tomer Hemed (RCD Mallorca), Ben Sahar (Hertha Berlin),
Itay Shechter (Swansea City)