Soccer: Israel names top 20 for Romania friendly

Shlomi Arbeitman, Itai Shechter, Bibras Natcho to play; Ben Sahar dropped to allow him to play for the under-21 team next week.

February 26, 2010 05:55
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Shlomi Arbeitman and Itai Shechter were rewarded for their prolific start to the season on Thursday, being named in the 20-man squad called up by interim Israel coach Eli Ohana for next Wednesday’s international friendly against Romania.

Arbeitman, who scored a hat-trick as an 18-year-old in his debut for the national team in 2004, hasn’t played for the side in recent years, but after scoring 19 goals in Maccabi Haifa’s first 23 Premier League matches, he will get a chance to play for the blue-and-while once more in Romania.

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Shechter hasn’t found the back of the net in his three appearances for Israel to date, but he has been in superb form this season, scoring 18 league goals for Hapoel Tel Aviv, as well as playing a key role in the team’s successful Europa League campaign.

Shechter’s teammate Bibras Natcho is set to make his debut in Romania after being called up by Ohana, the under-19 national team coach who is filling in for the outgoing Dror Kashtan while the Israel Football Association continues its search for a permanent replacement.

Espanyol striker Ben Sahar was dropped from the squad to allow him to play for the under-21 team next week.

Haifa forward Yaniv Katan was also left out, however only because of a nagging stomach injury.

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