Egypt national coach Hassan Shehata has named a 23-man squad, including five European-based players, for Mauritania game in the African Cup of Nations qualifiers on March 25, local soccer news website filgoal.com reported on Monday.
Shehata this time didn't recall Egypt's best-known striker Ahmed "Mido" Hossam, who is playing for English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker sustained an ankle injury during his side's 3-1 Premiership victory over Watford, according to the report.
Yet for the first time, Shehata called up home club Al-Ahly's skipper Shadi Mohamed since 2003. Midfielder Abdul-Salam Nagah, playing for another Egyptian club Harras Al-Hodoud, will also take part in his first competitive action with the national team.
Egypt are on top of Group B with four points, one ahead Mauritania and Burundi, who lie second and third respectively.
Goalkeepers: Essam Al-Hadari (Ahly), Abdul-Wahed Al-Sayed (Zamalek), Ahmed Saad (Tersana)
Defenders: Shadi Mohamed (Ahly), Amir Azmi (Al-Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Hani Saied (Ismaili), Mahmoud Fathallah (Ghazl Mahalla), Ibrahim Saied (Rizespor)
Midfielders: Hosni Abd-Rabou, Sayed Moawad, Mohamed Soliman, Omar Gamal (all Ismaili), Abdul-Salam Nagah (Harras Al-Hodoud), Farag Shalabi (ENPPI), Hossam Ghaly (Tottenham Hotspur), Ahmed Fathi (Sheffield United), Ahmed Hassan (Anderlecht), Mohamed Shawki (Ahly)
Strikers: Emad Meteb (Ahly), Amr Zaki (Zamalek), Mohamed Mohsen Abou-Greisha (Ismaili), Ahmed Eid (Harras Al-Hodoud), Mohamed Zidan (Mainz)