“I always hope to be invited to the national team. I always wanted to play in the national team. But the decision is made by the head coach," Sabail FC captain Rahid Amirguliyev said. Report informs that Rahid commented on not being invited to the qualifying matches of Azerbaijan within Euro 2012 against Wales and Croatia in Baku.
The 30-year-old midfielder who played last time against Faroe Islands and defeated 2-0 in Baku on November 17 2018 said he was looking forward to a new invitation.
“I'm trying to play in my club and stay in shape. I am ready to play. This is the head coach's decision. He is checking and reviewing other players. But I still have hope.”
The national team started the qualifying round with 3 consecutive defeats. Led by Nikola Jurčević, the team lost to Croatia (1: 2) in away match and Hungary (1: 3) and Slovakia (1: 5) at home. Amirguliyev said that the team is in a difficult group and the opponents are strong: “They did not perform badly in away match against Croatia. However, in the last two defeats, the national team showed poor results. I don't know why. As if they were not in a good mood. It looked like from the outside.”
Notably, Azerbaijan will face Wales on September 6 in Cardiff and Croatia on September 9 in Baku.