5/22/2018 3:02:59 AM (GMT+3)

Queiroz names Iran squad for World Cup

Queiroz names Iran squad for World Cup

TEHRAN, Iran: Iran announced a 24-man squad for the 2018 World Cup late on Sunday, but they have left out striker Kaveh Rezaei.

The 26-year-old was considered to be one of the best after he scored 16 goals in 39 games for Belgium's Charleroi.

But the team still boasts of Alireza Jahanbakhsh, who became the first Iranian to top the scoring table of a major European league with 21 goals for Dutch side AZ Alkmaar.

Masoud Shojaei and Ehsan Haji Safi, who were supposed to have been banned for life last summer after playing an Israeli team for their Greek club Panionios. 

Iran are in tough group with Spain, Portugal and Morocco.