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Uruguay World Cup squad: Sounders' Nicolas Lodeiro left out

05 Junio 2018

The South Americans impressed during that World Cup by reaching the semi-finals.

"I feel very good".

In the past 10 years, under coach Oscar Tabarez's leadership, the Uruguayan national football team have entered a stable and prosperous period.

Muslera discussed an injury he sustained to his hand, admitting that it still bothered him but that he had returned to full training.

Egypt are appearing in only their third World Cup and their first since 1990 but the Pharaohs should not be discounted to qualify at the expense of the hosts.

Uruguay have named their final 23-man squad for the World Cup, which includes star strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. Striker Fyodor Smolov and playmaker Aleksei Miranchuk are key to their chances of progression but even in a relatively weak group, Russia are far from nailed on to reach the second round.

The major concerns for Egypt will be injuries to midfielder Mohamed Elneny and star player Mohamed Salah who has established himself as one of Best forwards in the world with a magnificent season at Liverpool. Despite the odds favouring the hosts, Egypt (46th) are actually ranked 20 places higher than them in the world rankings.

That is until 2010, where a combination of attacking football and the occasional bending of the rules saw them finish a respectable fourth in South Africa. Uruguay's greatest threat is Egypt and most importantly their talisman, Mohammed Salah, whose scintillating form would be a worry for even the steeliest of defences.

Luis Suarez - As brilliant as he is controversial, the Barcelona striker is a lethal mix of industry, class and goals.

Uruguay are clearly the favourites to top the 'Group A'. It will be interesting to see how Putin tries to put a positive spin on that.

Saudi Arabia has been written off by many as one of weakest teams in the World Cup. The team is currently managed by Juan Antonio Pizzi who has managed to turn their fortunes around in last few months. He graduated from Manchester Metropolitan with a BA in English and Film.

Uruguay World Cup squad: Sounders' Nicolas Lodeiro left out