This evening in Alexandria. Egypt will be missing a handful of regulars - Abo Treka, Barakat, Emad Meteb, Abdel Wehab, Shawqy, Hosny Abd Rabo and Mido. Zidan and Mostafa Gaafar are out as well. It's a good chance to see what a number of noobs have got to offer, such as Ramy Adel, Reda Shehata, Ahmed Abdel Ghany, Mohamed Gedo (very impressed with him, especially his performance against Esperance in the Confederations Cup), Abdel Salam Nagah etc..
El Saka, Ahmed Hassan, Amir Azmy, Sherif Ikramy & Abo Mosalam are the foreign based players called up by Hassan Shehata.
Recoba ( injured, yet again
) is the most notable absentee from the Uruguayan team. Lugano (on Copa Libertadores final duty with Sao Paolo away to Internacional) and Varela (injured) have missed the trip as well. Though the the likes of Fabian Carini, Carlos Digo, Pablo Garcia, Diego Perez, Dario Rodriguez, Diego Forlan and Fabian Estoyanoff (that bloke has pace to burn) will take part.
Uruguay have narrowly missed out on qualification to Germany, a very good team with great tradition. This is a clash between the two teams that hold unmatched records for the most continental titles.