Dubai: As a record six Asian nations participating in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 head for their final international break ahead of the November tournament, squad selections have left several players with fighting chances of making the cut once the final squads are announced in under two months’ time.
Far from being business as usual, September’s call-ups included numerous debutants, returning veterans and surprise inclusions for all of Australia, Japan, Korea Republic, Islamic Republic of Iran and Saudi Arabia while Qatar continue their preparations with a fixed extended squad that has been in a closed camp since June, with no fresh squad announcements made.
Kuala Lumpur: It's the final international window before the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and Asia’s six representatives at the global showpiece will be looking to fine-tune their performances in their upcoming friendlies.
Australia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Korea Republic, Qatar and Saudi Arabia are all in action in the coming days as they continue their preparations towards football’s greatest spectacle.
With the competition in Qatar drawing ever closer, the-AFC.com has selected six things to look out for in matches ahead.