Queiroz names extended Team Melli squad

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Persianfootball.com – TEHRAN, Following the final round of the Iranian Persian Gulf League, Iran headcoach Carlos Queiroz named two squads with a total of 59 players to participate in the training camps ahead of the Team Melli games in June.

The Portuguese announced 32 names for the first stage of preparations and an additional 27 names of players who will not be able to join for the first training camp in Tehran on Tuesday already.

The second list contains of foreign based players as well as the players of Persepolis Tehran, Naft Tehran and Zob Ahan Esfahan, who will still be engaged in AFC Champions League (May 19/20 and 26/27) as well as Hazfi Cup final (June 1) action.

Iran will have two training camps in Tehran before reportedly taking on Uzbekistan in Tashkent (June 8) and travelling to Turkey for another training camp, including a test match against a local club.

Team Melli will then travel to Ashgabat where they will face Turkmenistan in their World Cup/Asian Cup qualifying opener on June 16.

While with 59 players invited there can be little complaints about unincluded player, noteable absentees besides retired Javad Nekounam and still suspended Mehrdad Pooladi are the recently often invited Tractorsazi veteran left-back Habib Gordani and in-form MLS right-back Steven Beitashour as well as Persepolis defensive allrounder Mohammad-Reza Khanzadeh, who has recently been suspended at club level after hitting a fan.

Worth mentioning is the inclusion of the formerly suspended military service refugees such as Soroush Rafiei, Ahmad Abdollahzadeh and Hossein Mahini.

Especially encouraging is the inclusion of many young players and talents, most interestingly of Atletico Madrid u-19 defensive midfielder Saeid Ezatollahi.

Below come the two lists:

List 1
1 Sajad Shahbazzadeh Esteghlal
2 Amir-Hossein Sadeghi Esteghlal
3 Khosro Heydari Esteghlal
4 Mohsen Forouzan Esteghlal
5 Yaghoob Karimi Esteghlal
6 Hashem Beikzadeh Esteghlal
7 Omid Ebrahimi Esteghlal
8 Soroush Rafiei Foolad
9 Ahmad Abdollahzadeh Foolad
10 Esmaeil Sharifat Foolad
11 Alireza Salimi Foolad
12 Jaber Ansari Gostaresh Foolad
13 Farzad Hatami Malavan
14 Hossein Mahini Malavan
15 Hossein Hosseini Malavan
16 Ezatollah Pourghaz Malavan
17 Mohammad-Hossein Kanani Malavan
18 Mohamad Nejadmahdi Padideh
19 Milad Mohammadi Rah Ahan
20 Ramin Rezaeian Rah Ahan
21 Jalal Alimohammadi Saba
22 Rouzbeh Cheshmi Saba
23 Mohammad Reza Akhbari Saipa
24 Mehdi Tourabi Saipa
25 Vahid Mohammadzadeh Saipa
26 Vouria Ghafouri Sepahan
27 Ehsan Hajsafi Sepahan
28 Ali Karimi Sepahan
29 Mehdi Sharifi Sepahan
30 Andranik Teymourian Tractor Sazi
31 Saman Narimanjahan Tractor Sazi
32 Farshad Ahmazdadeh Tractor Sazi
List 2
1 Jalal Hosseini Al Ahli (QAT)
2 Ashkan Dejagah Al Arabi (QAT)
3 Masoud Shojaei Al Shahaniya (QAT)
4 Reza Ghochannejhad Al Wakrah (QAT)
5 Meysam Majidi Esteghlal Khuzestan
6 Mehdi Momeni Esteghlal Khuzestan
7 Alireza Beiranvand Naft
8 Vahid Amiri Naft
9 Amir Arsalan Motahari Naft
10 Amin Hajmohammadi Naft
11 Alireza Jahanbakhsh NEC (NED)
12 Karim Ansarifard Osasuna (ESP)
13 Alireza Haghighi Penafiel (POR)
14 Sousha Makani Persepolis
15 Mehdi Taremi Persepolis
16 Omid Alishah Persepolis
17 Ahmad Nourollahi Persepolis
18 Saeid Ezatollahi Atletico Madrid (ESP)
19 Sardar Azmoun Rostov (RUS)
20 Morteza Pouraliganji Tianjin Teda (CHN)
21 Pejman Montazeri Umm Salal (QAT)
22 Rashid Mazaheri Zob Ahan
23 Hadi Mohammadi Zob Ahan
24 Mehrdad Ghanbari Zob Ahan
25 Ghasem Hadadifar Zob Ahan
26 Kaveh Rezaei Zob Ahan
27 Masoud Hassanzadeh Zob Ahan

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