The 2018 World Cup in Russia is still months away, and some teams are still being put together. However, that’s not stopping the Highlander from breaking down every group to give you a comprehensive overview leading up to the first kickoff.

Group A, Part II

Egypt

FIFA Ranking: 31

World Cup Appearances: 2

First Appearance: 1934

Last Appearance: 1990

Best result: Group Stage, 1934

Coach: Hector Cuper, Argentine, since 2015, previously coached Al Wasl (UAE).

Players to watch:

Mohamed Salah

The 25-year-old right winger plays for Liverpool FC since 2017 and has set the English Premier League alight, his 22 goals in 26 appearances leading many to hail him the player of the year. Salah’s speed and eye for goal make him Egypt’s talisman as they seek to claim their place among the great powers of world football.

Mohamed Elneny

The 25-year-old central midfielder is a rock in Arsenal FC’s midfield. His tireless workrate and physicality in the tackle place him in the center of Egypt’s lineup, anchoring the team and protecting his defensive line.

Potential lineup: El Hadary–Shafy, Saad, Hegazi, Elmohamady–Hamed, Elneny–Kahraba, Warda, El Said–Salah

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Prediction: Group Stage Elimination, 3rd Place

Matches: Vs. Uruguay (opener), 6/15

Vs. Russia, 6/19

Vs. Saudi Arabia, 6/25

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