FIFA names World Cup squad

Italy dominates FIFA's World Cup squad of the tournament after having seven players selected in the list of 23 players.

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    The squad, which will be reduced to 11 players after the final, is likely to be heavily represented by the two finalists with France also having four players named.

    Hosts Germany also have four players named, as do Portugal while Argentina are represented twice.

    World Champions Brazil and England contributed one player each.

    The preliminary 23-man FIFA World Cup Squad is:

    Goalkeepers: Jens Lehmann (GER), Gianluigi Buffon (ITA), Ricardo (POR)

      

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    Defenders: Philipp Lahm (GER), Roberto Ayala (ARG), John Terry  (ENG), Lilian Thuram (FRA), Fabio Cannavaro (ITA), Gianluca  Zambrotta (ITA), Ricardo  Carvalho (POR)

    Midfielders: Michael Ballack (GER), Ze Roberto (BRA), Patrick  Vieira (FRA), Zinedine Zidane (FRA), Andrea Pirlo (ITA), Gennaro  Gattuso (ITA), Luis Figo (POR), Maniche (POR)
      
    Strikers: Miroslav Klose (GER), Hernan Crespo (ARG), Thierry  Henry (FRA), Francesco Totti (ITA), Luca Toni (ITA)

    SOURCE: AFP


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