Former Man United Coach Names Two English-Based Players In Iran World Cup Squad

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Queiroz names 24-man squad, with first choice left-back facing fitness fight.

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Fulham and Charlton Athletic have been represented in Iran’s 24-man World Cup squad.

Iran are coached by former Real Madrid boss Carlos Queiroz, who worked as Manchester United’s assistant manager under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Queiroz has called upon Cottagers attacking midfielder Ashkan Dejagah and Addicks striker Reza Ghoochannejhad.

Dejagah has scored four goals in 13 senior international games, while Ghoochannejhad has also been capped 13 times, scoring nine times.

Queiroz will cut his squad by one before the World Cup begins. Hashem Beikzadeh is Iran’s first choice left-back, but he must prove his fitness in order to see off Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh.

Iran have been drawn in Group F, along with Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Nigeria.

Of the 32 nations involved in the tournament, only Costa Rica and Honduras have longer odds of winning than Iran, who can be backed at 3000-1 to lift the trophy.

Iran have previously competed at three World Cup finals – in 1978, 1998 and 2006. They have never progressed beyond the group phase.

Squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Daniel Davari (Eintracht Braunschweig), Alireza Haghighi (Rubin Kazan), Rahman Ahmadi (Sepahan).

Defenders: Hossein Mahini (Persepolis), Steven Mehrdad Beitashour (Vancouver Whitecaps), Pejman Montazeri (Umm Salal), Jalal Hosseini (Persepolis), Amir-Hossein Sadeghi (Esteghlal), Ahmad Alenemeh (Naft), Hashem Beikzadeh (Esteghlal), Mehrdad Pouladi (Persepolis), Khosro Heydari (Esteghlal), Ehsan Hajsafi (Sepahan), Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh (Zob Ahan Isfahan).

Midfielders: Javad Nekounam (Kuwait SC), Andranik Teymourian (Esteghlal), Reza Haghighi (Persepolis), Ghasem Haddadifar (Zob Ahan), Bakhtiar Rahmani (Foolad), Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham), Masoud Shojaei (Las Palmas).

Forwards:  Alireza Jahanbakhsh (NEC Nijmegen), Reza Ghoochannejhad (Charlton), Karim Ansarifard (Persepolis).

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