Egypt Squad for Afcon 2021: Queiroz announced the final squad of 25 players for the competition on 9 January. The list includes six overseas-based players, including Premier League stars Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Elneny.
Queiroz has decided to turn away from Zamalek’s Tarek Hamed. Hamed was replaced by Al Ahly’s Ashraf Hamdy and Al Assiouty Sport’s Ahmed Hegazi.
Queiroz had also decided to include some new faces in the squad, most notably Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet who returned back to action after an injury layoff of more than three months at Aston Villa.
Queiroz also decided to include Al Masry’s Ali Gabr and Ismaily’s Mohamed Elneny to compete for the starting place in the center of defense, instead of Tarek Hamed, Ahmed El-Shenawy, and Mostafa Fathi.
Eintracht Frankfurt’s Karim Rekik also replaced Al Ahly’s Islam Gamal.
As for the players that miss out, Zamalek’s Hussein El-Sayed and Al Assiouty Sport’s Mostafa Fathi were the big exclusions.
Also missing out were Al Ittihad’s Mahmoud Shikabala, Ismaily’s Mohamed Helal, and Zamalek’s Marwan Mohsen.
Egypt Squad for Afcon 2021
Goalkeepers: Mohamed El-Shennawy (Al Ahly, Egypt), Mohamed Sobhi (Pharco, Egypt), Mohamed Abogabal (Zamalek, Egypt), Mahmoud Gad (Enppi, Egypt).
Defenders: Ahmed Fatouh, Mahmoud Alaa, Mahmoud Hamdy El-Wensh (all Zamalek, Egypt), Ayman Ashraf, Akram Tawfik, (both Al Ahly), Omar Kamal, Mohamed Abdel-Moneim (both Future, Egypt), Ahmed Hegazi (Ittihad Jeddah, Saudi Arabia).
Midfielders: Hamdi Fathi, Amr El-Sulya (both Al Ahly, Egypt), Emam Ashour, Ahmed Sayed Zizo (both Zamalek, Egypt), Abdallah El-Said, Ramadan Sobhi (both Pyramids, Egypt), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal, England), Omar Marmoush (VfB Stuttgart, Germany), Mohanad Lasheen (Tala’a El-Gaish, Egypt), Mahmoud Hassan Trezeguet (Aston Villa, England).
Forwards: Mostafa Mohamed (Galatasaray, Turkey), Mohamed Sherif (Al Ahly, Egypt), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, England).