Sat. Nov 27th, 2021

Morocco included Spain-based forward Youssef En Nesyri in its World Cup squad at the expense of defender Badr Banoun.

Banoun was Morocco’s captain for the African Nations Championship — a tournament for home-based players only — at the start of the year but lost his place in the final 23-man squad for Russia to accommodate an extra attacker.

En Nesyri is a 21-year-old striker who plays for Malaga and joins a list of seven forwards named by coach Herve Renard.

Renard’s squad also includes Juventus defender Mehdi Benatia, midfielders Mbark Boussoufa and Younes Belhanda, and Ajax forward Hakim Ziyech.

Morocco is in a tough group at the World Cup. It starts in Group B against Iran before facing Portugal and then Spain.