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Pizzi picks Spanish-trained trio in Saudi pre-World Cup squad

AFP  |  Riyadh 

Saudi Arabia's Argentine has called up three players who trained at clubs to his expanded pre-squad ahead of a training camp in

The 28-man squad, which will meet up on Sunday, includes players sent to Spain's in January to gain vital experience as part of an agreement between the kingdom's and the

was loaned from to Levante, of Al-Hilal went to Villarreal and of joined Liganes.

Another six players also joined Spanish second division sides.

The Saudis will train in for two and a half weeks to prepare for the kingdom's first appearance since 2006, and the fifth in their history.

will play their opening match against hosts on June 14, followed by group stage clashes with and

They will also play three friendlies in the run up to the World Cup, facing off with on May 20, on June 3 and on June 8.

The final 23-man squad is due to be announced by June 4, according to rules.

Saudi squad:

Goalkeepers: Mohammed al-Owais (Al-Ahli), Abdullah al-Mayouf (Al-Hilal), Yasser al-Mosaileem (Al-Ahli), (Al-Ittihad) Defenders: Osama Hawsawi (Al-Hilal), Omar Hawsawi (Al-Nassr), Motaz Hawsawi (Al-Ahli), Ali al-Bulayhi (Al-Hilal), Mohammed Jahfali (Al-Hilal), Yasser al-Shahrani (Al-Hilal), (Al-Ahli); Mohammed al-Burayk (Al-Hilal), Midfielders: Abdulla Otayf (Al-Hilal), Salman al-Faraj (Al-Hilal), Abdulmalik al-Khaibari (Al-Hilal), Abdullah al-Khaibari (Al-Shabab), Mohammed Kanno (Al-Hilal), Hussein al-Moqahwi (Al-Ahli), (Al-Ahli), Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), (Al-Hilal, Villarreal/ESP), (Al-Nassr, Leganes/ESP), Nawaf al-Abid (Al-Hilal), (Al-Ittihad, Levante/ESP), Forwards: Mohammed al-Sahlawi (Al-Nassr), (Al-Ahli).

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 18:55 IST