Difficult group, Belgium, Wales and BiH will all be tough teams to play against.
Guttman called up the squad against Slovakia.
Keepers: Harush, Marciano, and Haimov
Defenders: Meshumar, Ben-Harush, Rikan, Yeini, Tibi, Dgani, Gershon
Midfielders: Biton, Natcho, Melikson, Zahavi, Radi, Buzaglo, Ezra, Refaelov,
Forwards: Barda, Damari, Ben-Basat, Ben-Haim, Abed, Sahar
I'm very shocked he called up Sahar and Abed instead of Turgeman and Dabbour. We need better defenders...
The call up is not so bad but to be honest Gutman couldn´t afford leaving out Tal Ben Haim, the defender, precisely because we don´t have a big pool in that position. Even not playing regularly he is better than most of the defenders. Only Eitan Tibi is certainty. I think Gershon is decent but he has been field more as a leftback than a central defender. Dan Mori could be in this selection. He is not a regular at Vitesse but he plays matches and has experience in a league which is much better than Israel.
In midfield, the base should be around Bibras Natkho and Eran Zahavi. Good to see Buzaglo back he is the type of player that is important to have in the squad since is the one who could make the difference in one play with dribbling and some slaloms.
The other midfielders look decent. What I don´t see in the squad is the defensive midfielder watchdog style. The only one in the squad is Yeini but he has been playing since last season as a rightback.
In attack, Ben Sahar?? That is surprising to me. No one questions his talent but call up a player that has roamed around more than played matches is not so wise. Abed is playing well for Kiryat Shmona but is he really in international level? It preferable to call up a more veteran Barak Itzhaki. Where is Tomer Hemed? Despite returning recently from injury he is certainly part of the team! Even the forgotten Shlomi Arbeitman would be better to call. Agree with Golasa that Dabbour and Turgeman would be good callups already looking ahead the following years.
Also interesting to note is that Arik Benado will be the new assistant coach at the NT. Should we assume he will leave his coaching role at Maccabi Haifa?
Anyways, polemical callups and it will never please all of the public. But without a doubt some weird decisions.
Too bad Benayoun did not get called. He deserved to get this match to be the most capped player for Israel.