Switzerland's World Cup squad revealed
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
ANKARA - Switzerland's 2014 FIFA World Cup squad has been unveiled. The team's German coach, Ottmar Hitzfeld, who will end his coaching career after the cup, did not call striker Eren Derdiyok - who could not play regularly for Bayer Leverkusen this season - and English club Fulham's 21-year-old attacking midfielder Pajtim Kasami, for the "Schweizer Nati" (Switzerland National Football Team).
Switzerland will compete against Ecuador, France and Honduras in Group E of the cup under the captaincy of Napoli's 29-year-old, box-to-box midfielder Gokhan Inler.
Switzerland's World Cup squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Diego Benaglio (Wolfsburg), Roman Buerki (Grasshoppers) and Yann Sommer (Basel)
Defenders: Johan Djourou (Hamburg), Michael Lang (Grasshoppers), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg), Fabian Schaer (Basel), Philippe Senderos (Valencia), Steve von Bergen (Young Boys) and Reto Ziegler (Sassuolo)
Midfielders: Tranquillo Barnetta (Eintracht Frankfurt), Valon Behrami (Napoli), Blerim Dzemaili (Napoli), Gelson Fernandes (Freiburg), Gokhan Inler (Napoli), Xherdan Shaqiri (Bayern Munich) and Valentin Stocker (Basel)
Forwards: Josip Drmic (Nurnberg), Mario Gavranovic (Zurich), Admir Mehmedi (Freiburg), Haris Seferovic (Real Sociedad), Granit Xhaka (Borussia Moenchengladbach)
In case of a possible injury, there are seven players in the national pool - Marwin Hitz (Augsburg), Timm Klose (Wolfsburg), Silvan Widmer (Udinese), Eren Derdiyok (Bayer Leverkusen), Fabian Frei (Basel), Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) and Pirmin Schwegler (Eintracht Frankfurt).
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