Iran World Cup 2022 squad: Who's in and who's out?

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Iran boss Carlos Queiroz has named a 25-man team for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

Iran will head into their third consecutive World Cup and will be aiming to make it out of the group stages for the first time in their history.

Carlos Queiroz's men put in an encouraging performance in Russia four years ago, finishing third in a group that held European giants Spain and Portugal as well as African representatives Morocco.

They were paired with England, Wales and USA in Group B this time around and will be quietly optimistic following their opponents' underwhelming form heading into the tournament.

Here are the 25 players who will represent Iran in Qatar.

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  1. GOALKEEPERS
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    GOALKEEPERS

    Alireza Beiranvand is set to be the firm first-choice goalkeeper for Iran.

    Amir Abedzadeh and Hossein Hosseini are able back-ups and will also be hopeful of getting the nod.

    Name

    Club

    Alireza Beiranvand

    Persepolis

    Payam Niazmand

    Sepahan

    Amir Abedzadeh

    Ponferradina

    Hossein Hosseini

    Esteghlal

  2. DEFENDERS
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    DEFENDERS

    Ehsan Hajsafi, who plays for AEK Athens, remains Iran's most experienced player at the back, with over 100 caps for his country.

    The likes of Shojae Khalilzadeh and Milad Mohammadi will also compete to be part of Iran's defence at the World Cup.

    Name

    Club

    Sadegh Moharrami

    Dinamo Zagreb

    Ehsan Hajsafi

    AEK Aethens

    Shojae Khalilzadeh

    Al Ahli

    Milad Mohammadi

    AEK Aethens

    Morteza Pouraliganji

    Persepolis

    Majid Hosseini

    Kayserispor

    Abolfazl Jalali

    Esteghlal

    Ramin Rezaeian

    Sepahan

    Hossein Kanaani

    Al Ahli

  3. MIDFIELDERS
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    MIDFIELDERS

    Brentford midfielder Saman Ghoddos, Persepolis' Vahid Amiri and Al Wakrah's Ahmad Nourollahi were unsurprisingly given a place in the 26-man squad.

    Saeid Ezatolahi has been clocking regular minutes for the national team and will be hopeful of playing at the 2022 World Cup as well.

    Name

    Club

    Saeid Ezatolahi

    Vejle

    Vahid Amiri

    Persepolis

    Saman Ghoddos

    Brentford

    Ahmad Nourollahi

    Shabab Al Ahli

    Ali Karimi

    Kayserispor

    Rouzbeh Cheshmi

    Esteghlal

  4. ATTACKERS

    ATTACKERS

    Iran have a strong forward line featuring Sardar Azmoun, Mehdi Taremi, Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Karim Ansarifard, who have all been amongst the goals for their national team.

    Name

    Club

    Alireza Jahanbakhsh

    Feyenoord

    Mehdi Taremi

    Porto

    Karim Ansarifard

    Omonia

    Mehdi Torabi

    Persepolis

    Ali Gholizadeh

    Charleroi

    Sardar Azmoun

    Bayer Leverkusen

  5. EXPECTED XI

    Hosseini is set to guard the goal after Beiranvand suffered a head injury against England, behind a four-man defence consisting of Moharrami, Hosseini, Mohammadi and skipper Hajsafi.

    Ghoddos, Amiri and Nourollahi will help with the midfield transition whereas the trio of Taremi, Ansarifard and Azmoun could lead the attack.

    Iran XI (4-3-3): Hosseini; Moharrami, Hosseini, Mohammadi, Hajsafi; Ghoddos, Amiri, Nourollahi; Taremi, Ansarifard, Azmoun.