Switzerland’s squad for the 2022 World Cup is set to be named in October, and the selection for September’s Nations League fixtures offers a clue as to who might be on the plane.
Switzerland will face Spain and the Czech Republic this month as their preparation for the showpiece event in Qatar continues.
Murat Yakin’s men booked their place in the tournament by winning their qualifying group, finishing two points ahead of Italy and nine ahead of third-place Northern Ireland.
This will be Switzerland’s 12th participation in the World Cup. They debuted in the second edition in history in 1934, then hosted the tournament 20 years later.
Switzerland have already reached the quarter-finals three times, but not since that World Cup on home soil in 1954. They have been knocked out in the round of 16 at three of the last four tournaments.
Switzerland squad for the 2022 World Cup: The squad for the Nations League matches in September
- GK: Yann Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach)
- G: Yvon Mvogo (Lorient)
- G: Jonas Omlin (Montpellier)
- Defender: Kevin Mbabu (Fulham)
- Defender: Silvan Widmer (Mainz)
- Defender: Nico Elvedi (Borussia Monchengladbach)
- Defender: Manuel Akanji (Manchester City)
- Defender: Ricardo Rodriguez (Turin)
- Defender: Eray Comert (Valencia)
- Defender: Fabian Schar (Newcastle)
- MF: Fabian Frei (Basel)
- MF: Remo Freuler (Nottingham Forest)
- Central midfielder: Granit Xhaka (Arsenal)
- Midfielder: Renato Steffen (Lugano)
- Midfielder: Denis Zakaria (Chelsea)
- Midfielder: Djibril Sow (Eintracht Frankfurt)
- FM: Michel Aebischer (Bologna)
- MF: Xherdan Shaqiri (Chicago Fire)
- FM: Ardon Jashari (Lucerne)
- AT: Breel Embolo (Monaco)
- AT: Cédric Itten (Young Boys)
- AT: Dan Ndoye (Basel)
- AT: Ruben Vargas (Augsburg)
- AT: Haris Seferovic (Galatasaray)
How many players is Switzerland allowed to bring to the 2022 World Cup?
National managers were allowed to bring 26 players to last summer’s European Championship for the first time at a major tournament, as a special measure introduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It has now been announced that 26-man squads will return for the Qatar World Cup, an extension of the usual 23-man squads.
When will Switzerland’s final squad for the 2022 World Cup be announced?
The 2022 World Cup will take place in November and December, not June and July. Indeed, it is practically impossible to play football in the summer heat in Qatar, where temperatures sometimes rise above 50 degrees Celsius.
FIFA has set October 20 as the deadline for team submissions. It’s 30 days before the start of the tournament with Senegal against the Netherlands.
Who will be part of Switzerland’s final squad for the 2022 World Cup?
Xherdan Shaqiri plies his trade in the United States these days, but that hasn’t affected his position internationally. The Liverpool striker, who now has 106 appearances with Switzerland, will be present in Qatar.
Another dead cert for the team is Granit Xhaka, who had a good season with Arsenal. He too has now reached triple international caps, having reached 100 in March.
Yann Sommer, the 33-year-old goalkeeper, will bring additional experience to the Swiss group. A number of Switzerland’s key players are in their 30s (or will be by the time the action begins) but 25-year-old striker Breel Embolo should be a key figure.
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