Niasse misses out as Sadio Mane leads ‘star-studded’ Senegal’s World Cup squad

Niasse misses out as Sadio Mane leads ‘star-studded’ Senegal’s World Cup squad

Teranga Lions’ Coach Aliou Cisse has released the names of players that will represent Senegal in their first World Cup appearance since Korea/Japan 2002.

Everton’s Oumar Niasse who scored eight goals in 22 league appearances this season is the notable omission alongside Crystal Palace’s left-back Pape Souare.

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane is the standout name in a star-studded squad that will be hoping to match their previous World Cup showing, a quarter-final finish in Korea/Japan.

Mane will be supported by the likes of Ismaila Sarr, M’Baye Niang, Moussa Sow and Diafra Sakho in a talented attacking unit.

Hence, a massive Premier League presence throughout the team with the likes of Idrissa Gueye (Everton) and West Ham United’s Cheikhou Kouyate will also be on the plane to Russia.

Goalkeepers: Abdoulaye Diallo (Stade Rennes), Alfred Gomis (SPAL), Khadim Ndiaye (Horoya)

Defenders: Lamine Gassama (Alanyaspor), Saliou Ciss (Valenciennes), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli), Kara Mbodii (Anderlecht), Youssouf Sabaly (Bordeaux), Salif Sane (Hannover 96), Moussa Wague (Eupen)

Midfielders: Idrissa Gueye (Everton), Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham United), Alfred Ndiaye (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Badou Ndiaye (Stoke City), Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City), Ismaila Sarr (Stade Rennes)

Forwards: Keita Balde (Monaco), Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City), Moussa Konate (Amiens), Sadio Mane (Liverpool), Mbaye Niang (Torino), Diafra Sakho (Stade Rennes), Moussa Sow (Bursaspor).

Senegal begins their World Cup campaign against Poland in Moscow on June 19, before travelling to Yekaterinburg to face Japan five days later.

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