As we countdown to Russia 2018, we take a look at all 32 teams and suggest a reason to back them. With 27 days to the big kick-off it is the turn of Egypt.

It’s been 28 years since Egypt made an appearance in the World Cup but now they are back with a bang and that’s largely due to the fact that they have Mo Salah in their ranks.

He's a player who needs little introduction, the 25-year-old is the top scorer in the Premier League and he hasn’t been reserving his goals just for the Reds.

In Egypt's final round of World Cup qualifier games Salah scored five times in six games. Indeed, there was no shortage of drama in their campaign and the Liverpool star was at the heart of it.

He scored a late penalty in their 2-1 win over Congo to seal Egypt's place at the tournament. They don’t call him the Egyptian King for nothing but it might not be all plain sailing when they reach Russia.

For one, Salah won’t have the likes of Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane on hand to help with the assists and he will have just finished a long season with Liverpool both in the Premier League and the Champions League. Fatigue could be an issue and Salah will need support.

He can find that in the likes of Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny if he recovers from his ankle injury or Stoke winger Ramadan Sobhi.

Although expectations won't be massively high for Egypt there group isn't one of death. They face Uruguay, Saudi Arabia, and Russia in Group A.

The defence style their manager Hector Cúper has adopted might just carry them through. However, with such the big emphasis on defending Salah might be isolated. 

"We have achieved some goals, but we have not reached the ceiling of our ambitions," said Cuper. "The journey is difficult. All teams are tough. But who dares take away our ambition."

Goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary has been named in the squad so is set to become the oldest player at a World Cup at 45.

The record is held by Colombia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon who was 43 when he played at the last World Cup in Brazil.

Goalkeepers: Essam El Hadary (Al Taawoun), Mohamed El-Shennawy (Al Ahly), Sherif Ekramy (Al Ahly)

Defenders: Ahmed Fathi (Al Ahly), Saad Samir (Al Ahly), Ayman Ashraf (Al Ahly), Mahmoud Hamdy (Zamalek), Mohamed Abdel-Shafy (Al Fateh), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich Albion), Ali Gabr (Zamalek), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa), Omar Gaber (LAFC)

Midfielders: Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Shikabala (Zamalek), Abdallah Said (Al Ahli), Sam Morsy (Wigan Athletic), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Mahmoud Kahraba (Al Ittihad), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud Hassan (Kasimpasa), Amr Warda (Atromitos Athens)

Forwards: Marwan Mohsen (Al Ahly), Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

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