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Renard rings changes in Saudi squad

Riyadh: Head coach Hervé Renard has made several changes to the Saudi Arabia national squad that will be taking on Singapore and Palestine in the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.

The 51-year-old coach dropped five players who started the opening match of the Qualifiers against Yemen, opting not to call Abdullah Al Mayouf, Hamdan Al Shamrani, Omar Hawsawi, Khaled Al Sumairi and Salem Al Dawsari.

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Hawsawi announced his retirement from international football on his twitter account just hours before the national team list was confirmed by the Frenchman.

“I will always look to my career with the national team as a source of pride and appreciation,” said Hawsawi, who took part in two AFC Asian Cup Finals in addition to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

“Today, I write the last line of this career with the first national team,” he added.

Al Dawsari, on the other hand, will miss days of action as his club Al Hilal SFC announced he suffered a thigh injury in the first leg of the 2019 AFC Champions League semi-final against Qatar’s Al Sadd on Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia shared a 2-2 draw with Yemen in their opening Group D match of the Qualifiers and they will host Singapore in Buraidah on October 10 before traveling to Al Ram to play Palestine five days later.

Saudi Arabia squad

Goalkeepers: Mohammed Al Owais, Fawaz Al Qarni, Ameen Bokhari.
Defenders: Ali Al Bulaihi, Abdullah Madu, Ziyad Al Sahafi, Saud Abdulhamid, Yasser Al Shahrani, Hassan Tombakti, Mohammed Al Breik, Abdullah Al Shamekh, Ali Lajami.
Midfielders: Salman Al Faraj, Abdurahman Al Dossari, Abdullah Al Khaibari, Hattan Bahebri, Abdulfattah Asiri, Abdulaziz Al Bishi, Abdullah Otayf, Yahya Al Shehri, Abdulellah Al Malki.
Forwards: Firas Al Buraikan, Abdullah Al Hamdan and Haroune Camara.

Source: Saudi Arabian Football Federation

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