Iran Announces Squad for World Cup Qualifier
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iran has announced 23-man squad for its upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Qatar and China.
Iran will play Qatar on March 23 in Doha and meet China five days later in Tehran's Azadi Stadium.
Team Melli has been drawn along with South Korea, Uzbekistan, China, Qatar and Syria in Group A of the third round of the competition.
Japan has been pitted against Australia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Iraq and Thailand in Group B.
The winner and runner-up of each group (four teams in total) will qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, while the third-placed teams of each group (two teams in total) will head to the play-off round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Keepers: Alireza Beiranvand, Rashid Mazaheri, Mohammadreza Akhbari
Defenders: Vouria Ghafouri, Ramin Rezaeian, Jalal Hosseini, Morteza Pouraliganji, Ezatollah Pourghaz, Mohammad Ansari, Pejman Montazeri
Midfielders: Ehsan Haji Safi, Omid Ebrahimi, Saeid Ezatolahi, Milad Mohammadi, Ali Karimi, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Masoud Shojaei
Strikers: Reza Ghoochannejhad, Vahid Amiri, Mehdi Taremi, Karim Ansarifard, Sasan Ansari, Sardar Azmoun