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Saudi Arabia World Cup 2022 squad: Herve Renard names his latest squad

Saudi Arabia World Cup 2022 squad
(Image credit: PA)

The Saudi Arabia World Cup 2022 squad is expected to be named in October. Herve Renard's side booked their spot at the tournament with a minimum of fuss, winning seven of their 10 matches to top their qualification group ahead of Japan and Australia.

This will be Saudi Arabia's sixth appearance at the World Cup. They made their debut in 1994, when they reached the round of 16 in the United States. 

Consecutive group stage exits followed in 1998, 2002 and 2006, before Saudi Arabia failed to qualify for 2010 and 2014. The Green Falcons were knocked out in the group phase in Russia four years ago.

Saudi Arabia World Cup 2022 squad: The final qualifying squad

  • GK: Amin Bukhari (Al-Nassr)
  • GK: Mohammed Al-Owais (Al-Hilal)
  • GK: Fawaz Al-Qarni (Al-Shabab)
  • GK: Mohammed Al Rubaie (Al-Ahli)
  • DF: Hassan Tambakti (Al-Shabab)
  • DF: Abdullah Madu (Al-Nassr)
  • DF: Ahmed Sharahili (Al-Shabab)
  • DF: Ziyad Al-Sahafi (Al-Ittihad)
  • DF: Mohammed Al-Breik (Al-Hilal)
  • DF: Saud Abdulhamid (Al-Hilal)
  • DF: Yasser Al-Shahrani (Al-Hilal)
  • DF: Abdulelah Al-Amri (Al-Nassr)
  • DF: Moteb Al-Harbi (Al-Shabab)
  • MF: Salman Al-Faraj (Al-Hilal)
  • MF: Hattan Bahebri (Al-Shabab)
  • MF: Salem Al-Dawsari (Al-Hilal)
  • MF: Ali Al-Hassan (Al-Nassr)
  • MF: Sami Al-Najei (Al-Nassr)
  • MF: Khalid Al-Ghannam (Al-Nassr)
  • MF: Abdulrahman Ghareeb (Al-Ahli)
  • MF: Abdulrahman Al-Aboud (Al-Ittihad)
  • MF: Abdulaziz Al-Bishi (Al-Ittihad)
  • MF: Mohamed Kanno (Al-Hilal)
  • MF: Fahad Al-Muwallad (Al-Ittihad)
  • FW: Firas al-Buraikan (Al-Fateh)
  • FW: Saleh Al-Shehri (Al-Hilal)
  • FW: Abdullah Al-Hamdan (Al-Hilal)

How many players are Saudi Arabia allowed to take to the 2022 World Cup?

National managers were allowed to bring 26 players to last summer’s European Championship for the first time at a major tournament, as a special measure brought in due to the COVID-19 pandemic – while last year's Copa America allowed squads of 28 players.

Now it has been announced that 26-player squads will return for the Qatar World Cup, an expansion from the usual 23-man teams.

When will the final Saudi Arabia 2022 World Cup squad be announced?

The 2022 World Cup will take place in November and December. The tournament was moved from its usual slot in June and July due to the extreme summer heat in Qatar.

The deadline for confirming World Cup squads is October 20 - 30 days before the competition gets under way with Senegal vs Netherlands. Teams are permitted to name their squads before then, but most managers will want to use the maximum amount of time afforded to them.

Who will make the final Saudi Arabia 2022 World Cup squad?

There are no major Saudi Arabia players who ply their trade abroad, so every member of Herve Renard's squad for the 2022 World Cup will be based at home (barring any transfers overseas this summer).

Salem Al-Dawsari and Fahad Al-Muwallad will be two of Saudi Arabia's most important players, providing spark and creativity in attack. Another man who is all but guaranteed a place on the plane is Mohammed Al-Owais, the first-choice goalkeeper.

Experience will be provided by the likes of Yasser Al-Shahrani and Salman Al-Faraj, who have won 68 and 67 caps respectively. Saleh Al-Shehri of Al-Hilal has scored eight goals in 16 appearances for his country, while Mohammed Al-Breik has the right-back spot nailed down.

Saudi Arabia only scored nine non-penalty goals in their 10 qualifiers, so Renard will be working hard to make his team more of a threat going forward before the tournament gets under way.

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Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).