The official list of 27 players invited to join Team Melli squad for the matches against Togo and Russia have been announced.
Queiroz has picked 4 new members of the squad including the naturalized Iranian Swede, Saman Ghoddos. Earlieer reports indicated that Ghoddos did not satisfy the requirements to play for Iran, however, there was no official communique from the federation.
Interestingly, the player who is not allowed to participate in any footballing activity after the FIFA sanction , is also picked. Mehdi Taremi is included in the list and it is unclear if he will play or just added for good measure.
Akbar Emani, Ahmad Abdolahzadeh and Mohammad Hossein Kanani-Zadegan are the other new faces. There is a return for Kaveh Rezaei who is now playing in Belgium, while the previous Captain of the team, Masoud Shojaei remains absent.
The squad, already started training in Team Melli training camp in Azadi complex before moving to the Oil Company practise ground for continuation of their training.
Team Melli, which has already qualified for the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018, will be playing several friendlies until the summer of 2018.
|HAGHIGHI, Alireza||AFC Eskilstuna (SWE)|
|MAZAHERI, Mohammad Rashid||Zob Ahan|
|GHAFOORI , Vourya||Esteghlal|
|KANANI, Mohammad Hossein||Esteghlal|
|MOHAMMADI, Milad||Grozny (RUS)|
|POURALIGANJI, Morteza||Al Sadd (QAT)|
|REZAEIAN, Ramin||K.V. Oostende (BEL)|
|ABDOLAHZADEH, Ahmad||Foolad Khuzestan|
|DEJAGAH, Ashkan||Free Agent|
|EMANI, Akbar||Padidah Mashad|
|EZATOLLAHEI, Saeed||FC Amkar Perm (RUS)|
|HAJSAFY, Ehsan||Pananios (GRE)|
|ANSARIFARD, Karim||Olympiakos (GRE)|
|AZMOUN, Sardar||Rubin Kazan (RUS)|
|GHOOCHANEJAD, Reza||Heerneveen (HOL)|
|GHODDOS, Saman||Östersunds FK (SWE)|
|JAHANBAKHSH, Alireza||A Z Alkaamar (HOL)|
|REZAEI, Kaveh||R. Charleroi S.C (BEL)|