Israel Announces Squad Ahead Of Pivotal World Cup Qualifiers

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Israel Announces Squad Ahead Of Pivotal World Cup Qualifiers
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It's make or break time for the Israelis.

With the final two games before the end of qualifying coming up, it all comes down to this. Israel must win both of their games, as well as get results from other games in their group in order to make it.

Israel then need Greece to tie with Latvia on October 10th, which would tie Israel, Greece and Latvia on 15 points and put them into second place. From there, whoever wins on October 14th moves on to the UEFA play-offs (goal differencewill decide if two teams are tied at the end).

One month ago today, Israel suffered a massive 1-0 loss to Latvia, which severely hurt their chances of making the World Cup for the second time ever and the first time since Mexico 1970.

However in the next game Israel demolished Luxembourg 7-0, which put them back on track for a chance to make the World Cup Finals. Striker Elayaniv Barda finished the game with a first half hat trick, and Ben Sahar added two goals in the second half.

Yesterday, Israel National Team coach Dror Kashtan announced the roster for the upcoming qualifiers against Moldova (October 10th in Ramat Gan) and Switzerland (October 14th in Basel).

He decided to recall forwards Itay Schecter and Roberto Colautti, while dropping Forward Yaniv Katan and young phenomenon midfielder Eyal Golasa. Also missing from the squad are veterans forward Omer Golan and midfielder Gal Alberman

Goalkeepers: Dudu Aouate (Mallorca), Nir Davidovic (Maccabi Haifa), Liran Strauber (Maccabi Tel Aviv)

Defenders: Dedi Ben Dayan (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Yoav Ziv (Lokeren), Eyal Meshumar (Maccabi Haifa), Klemi Saban (Maccabi Netanya), Dean More'e (Bnei Yehudah Tel Aviv), Avi Strool (Lokeren), Tal Ben Haim (Portsmouth), Dekel Keinan (Maccabi Haifa).

Midfielders: Avihai Yadin (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Biram Kayal (Maccabi Haifa), Tamir Cohen (Bolton), Yossi Benayoun (Liverpool), Aviram Baruchyan (Beitar Jerusalem), Gili Vermoot (Hapoel Tel Aviv)

Forwards: Ben Sahar (Espanyol), Roberto Colautti (Borussia Monchengladbach), Barak Yitzhaki (Beitar Jerusalem), Elyaniv Barda (Racing Genk), Itay Schecter (Hapoel Tel Aviv)

Yalla Israel!

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