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Egypt name foreign-based contingent for Congo showdown

20:16 GMT+4 19/09/2017
Hector Cuper - Egypt
Coach Hector Cuper has released an initial roster for the World Cup qualifier

Egypt have announced a list of 14 foreign-based players for next month's World Cup qualifier against Congo.

The Pharaohs, leaders of Group E, will play hosts to the Red Devils at Borg El-Arab stadium in Alexandria on October 8.

A home victory, coupled with a negative result for second-placed Uganda in their clash with Ghana, will guarantee the Pharaohs a World Cup ticket for the first time since 1990.

Predictably, Egypt's squad is headlined by Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah, who has netted three times in five appearances in the English Premier League this season.

Arsenal midfield Mohamed Elneny also makes the list, alongside Aston Villa's Ahmed Elmohamady and Ramadan Sobhi of Stoke City.

Coach Hector Cuper is expected to announce the home-based contingent for the all-important fixture in the coming days.

Goalkeeper: Essam El-Hadary (Taawoun, Saudi)

Defenders: Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa, England), Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Ahly Jeddah, KSA), Ahmed Hegazy (West Bromwich, England), Karim Hafiz (Lens, France)

Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal, England), Mahmoud "Trezeguet" Hassan (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Sam Morsi (Wigan, England), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City, England)

Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, England), Ahmed Koka (Sporting Braga, Portugal), Mostafa Fathi (Taawoun, Saudi), Mahmoud Kahraba (Ittihad Jeddah, KSA), Amr Gamal (Bidvest Wits, South Africa)