Guttman looks to Zahavi for Euro lifeline


Eli Guttman hopes star striker Eran Zahavi can carry his club form into the international arena ahead of Israel’s crucial Euro qualifier double-header against Andorra and Wales.

Zahavi has virtually single-handedly steered Maccabi Tel Aviv into the group stages of the Champions League and Guttman is pinning his hopes on the marksman getting Israel’s campaign back on track following three consecutive defeats.

Zahavi is one of eight Maccabi players named in the squad and Guttman said: "I still believe that Eran will leave his mark on this campaign. He would have had a brace against Belgium but for some fine saves by Thibaut Courtois.

"We began with three wins followed by three painful defeats but now its money time."

Guttman has recalled in-form Brighton striker Tomer Hemed whose brace last weekend at Ipswich put Brighton on top of the Championship.

SQUAD: Guy Haimov (Hapoel Kiryat Shmona), Ofir Marciano (Muscoron), Barak Levi (Maccabi Netanya), Tal Ben Haim, Eytan Tibi, Omri Ben Harush, Eliezer Dasa, Avi Rikkan (all Maccabi Tel Aviv), Ofir Davidzada, Shir Tzedek (both Hapoel Beer Sheva), Orel Dgani, Eyal Meshumar (both Maccabi Haifa), Eran Zahavi, Gil Vermouth (both Maccabi Tel Aviv), Bibras Natcho (CSKA Moscow), Maor Buzaglo, Maor Melikson (both Hapoel Beer Sheva), Nir Biton (Celtic), Beram Kayal (Brighton), Roi Kehat (F.K Austria Wien), Moanes Dabour (Grasshopper), Tal Ben Haim II (Maccabi Tel Aviv), Ben Sahar (Hapoel Beer Sheva), Tomer Hemed (Brighton)

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