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Albania announces squad for qualifier against Macedonia

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The albanian team at the EURO 2016; photo: FSHFThe albanian team at the EURO 2016; photo: FSHFAlbanian national team coach Gianni De Biasi called up a 25 players squad of which will choose 18 that will face Macedonia.

Albania hosts Macedonia on 5 September in the opening round of the qualifications for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Igor Angelovski already announced the Macedonian squad earlier last week, while his Italian coleague did the same today. He summoned 25 players of which some will features only for the friendly against Morocco scheduled for Wednesday. De Biasi has included 21 of the 23 players that he took at the recent EURO. Only injured Arlind Ajeti and retired Lorik Cana are missing. In the squad is Macedonia-born Naser Aliji who previously played for the youth national teams of Switzerland.

Etrit Berisha - Lazio Italy
Orges Shehi - Skënderbeu Albania
Alban Hoxha - Partizani Albania
Thomas Strakosha - Lazio Italy

Ansi Agolli - Qarabağ Azerbaijan
Andi Lila - Giannina Greece
Mërgim Mavraj - Köln Germany
Eseid Hysaj - Napoli Italy
Berat Xhimshiti - Atalanta Italy
Naser Aliji - Kaiserslautern Germany
Frédéric Veseli - Empoli Italy

Jahmir Hyka - Luzern Switzerland
Odise Roshi - Terek Russia
Emir Lenjani - Rennes France
Amir Abrashi - Freiburg Germany
Migjen Basha - Bari Italy
Burim Kukeli - Zürich Switzerland
Ergys Kaçe - Viktoria Plzeň Czech Republic
Ledian Memushaj - Pescara Italy
Shkëlzen Gashi - Colorado Rapids USA
Taulant Xhaka - Basel Switzerland

Armando Sadiku - Zürich Switzerland
Sokol Cikalleshi - Başakşehir Turkey
Bekim Balaj - Terek Russia
Rey Manaj - Pescara Italy

The match will be played at the Loro Boriçi stadium in the city of Shkodër with a kick-off at 20.45 CET.

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