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Israel name four debutants

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Kashtan: Four debutants

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Israel coach Dror Kashtan has named four debutants in his squad for Saturday's Euro 2008 qualifier against Croatia.

Midfielder Moshe Ohayon of Swiss second division side FC Winterthur received his first call-up to the senior squad, as did Maccabi Netanya midfielder Tamir Cohen and Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv defensive duo Zeev Haimovic and Itzik Azuz.

Queens Park Rangers striker Ben Shahar, on-loan from Chelsea, has recovered from an appendix operation and returns to the squad, as does Maccabi Haifa full-back Eyal Meshumar.


Deportivo La Coruna goalkeeper Dudu Aouate and Beitar Jerusalem defensive duo Arik Benado and Yoav Ziv will miss the match through suspension.

Liverpool's Yossi Benayoun and Chelsea defender Tal Ben Haim have also received call-ups.

Israel currently sit in fourth place in Group E and are six points behind group leaders Croatia.

Israel squad in full:

Davidovich (Maccabi Haifa), Strauber (Maccabi Netanya); Ben Haim (Chelsea), Gershon (Beitar Jerusalem), Strool (Maccabi Netanya), Ben Dayan (Maccabi Netanya), Meshumar (Maccabi Haifa), Antebi (Hapoel Tel Aviv), Haimovic (Bnei Yehuda), Azuz (Bnei Yehuda); Benayoun (Liverpool), Tal (Beitar Jerusalem), Alberman (Beitar Jerusalem), Bruchian (Beitar Jerusalem), Toema (Standard Liege), Ohayon (FC Winterthur), Cohen (Maccabi Netanya); Yitzhaki (Beitar Jerusalem), Tamuz (Beitar Jerusalem), Golan (Maccabi Petah Tikva), Balili (Sivasspor), Barda (Genk), Sahar (QPR).