Israel name squad for UK trip

By Simon Griver, August 6, 2009
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Israel manager Dror Kashtan has named a 24-man squad for a summer training camp ahead of next week’s friendly international against Northern Ireland in Belfast.

Arriving in the UK on Friday, Hapoel Tel Aviv striker Itay Schechter, who was in the starting line-up for Israel's last game against Greece, has been omitted.

The squad includes Israel's Premier League stars, captain Yossi Benayoun, Tamir Cohen and Tal Ben Haim, who has returned to Man. City after a loan spell with Sunderland.

After Wednesday’s clash in Belfast, Israel resumes its World Cup qualifying campaign with home games against Latvia and Luxembourg on September 5 and 9.

Trailing four points behind Greece and Switzerland in Group Two, Israel can only qualify for South Africa if one of those two teams slips up.

THE SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Dudu Awat, Nir Davidovich, Liran Strauber

Defenders: Dedi Ben Dayan, Tal Ben Haim, Klemi Saban, Eyal Meshumar, Yoav Ziv, Dekel Keinan, Avi Sitrol, Dean Mori

Midfielders: Tamir Cohen, Biran Kial, Yossi Benayoun (captain), Aviram Baruchyian, Salim Tuame, Bibers Nacho, Avihai Yadin

Forwards: Ben Sahar, Omer Golan, Barak Yitzhaki, Elyaniv Barda, Amit Ben Shoshan, Roberto Colautti.

    Last updated: 3:04pm, August 6 2009