On June 12 Uzbekistan in matchday 8 of final qualifying round of Russia 2018 World Cup will face Iran in Tehran. Before that on June 6, White Wolves will play a friendly match against Thailand.
Uzbekistan head coach Samvel Babayan announced a 28-player squad for these matches:
Goalkeepers: Aleksandr Lobanov (Pakhtakor), Ignatiy Nesterov (Lokomotiv), Eldor Suyunov (Nasaf);
Defenders: Stanislav Andreev (Pakhtakor), Farrukh Sayfiev (Nasaf), Anzur Ismoilov (Changchun Yatai, China), Egor Krimets (Beijing Guoan, China), Islom Kobilov (Metallurg), Rustam Ashurmatov (Bunyodkor), Otabek Shukurov (Bunyodkor), Murat Holmuhammedov (Kokand 1912), Davron Hashimov (Pakhtakor), Akmal Shorakhmedov (Nasaf);
Midfielders: Odil Akhmedov (Shanghai SIPG, China), Server Jeparov (Esteghlal, Iran), Javohir Siddikov (Kokand 1912), Eldor Shomurodov (Bunyodkor), Jaloliddin Masharipov (Lokomotiv), Sardor Rashidov (Al-Jaish, Qatar), Marat Bikmaev (Lokomotiv), Aziz Khaydarov (Ajman, UAE), Fozil Musaev (Jubilo Iwata, Japan), Azizjon G'aniev (Nasaf), Vadim Afonin (Orenburg, Russia), Odil Hamrobekov (Nasaf);
Strikers: Igor Sergeev (Pakhtakor), Temurkhuja Abdukholikov (As-Sayliyya, Qatar), Aleksandr Geinrich (Ordabasy, Kazakhstan).
Uzbekistan’s 3 defenders Islam Tukhtahudjaev (Lokomotiv Tashkent), Vitaliy Denisov (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia) and Aleksandr Merzlyakov (Kokand 1912) will miss the upcoming matches due to injuries.
After 7 Matches in Group A of the final qualifying round Uzbekistan on 12 points is third after Iran (17 points) and South Korea (13). Syria is forth with 8 points, while China (5) Qatar (4) trail in the bottom.