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Switzerland name World Cup 2014 roster

Hitzfeld nominates Switzerland’s 23 to leave for Brazil this summer

June 3, 2014 By Emiliano Malizia
Switzerland’s manager, Ottmar Hitzfeld, released the list of 23 players set to leave for Brazil next month. The German coach had also named 8 reserves, initially.

Amongst the players announced, none played in the English Premier League except for Pajtim Kasami, Fulham’s winger, who is on the reserves. 

After an excellent season playing both as right-back and right-midfielder for Juventus, Stephan Lichtsteiner could not fail to make the prestigious list. 

Midfielders Behrami, Inler and Dzemaili, all had a very solid year at Napoli, closing the campaign in third place. Valon Behrami was especially uncertain given his recent injury.

The biggest star player for the Swiss however, remains Bayern Munich’s winger, Xherdan Shaqiri. The right-midfielder, who would start for most clubs, failed to find much room in the Bavarian team due to his extraordinary competition represented by Arjen Robben.

Hitzfeld to retire after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Serie A players Inler, Lichtsteiner and Behrami training for Switzerland

Shaqiri will be expected to lead Switzerland during the Brazilian World Cup

Amongst notable absentees is definitely 25 year old Eren Derdiyok. The striker was included only as a reserve, despite his hat trick against Germany in a friendly back in 2012. 

Derdiyok's chances to board the plane to Brazil seem very slim

Hitzfeld opted for a younger team, with only one player, Steve von Bergen, over the age of 30. The two-time European Cup winner will retire after leading Switzerland through the 2014 World Cup.

Switzerland will face tough opponents like France in Brazil

Full 23-man squad

Goalkeepers: Diego Benaglio, Roman Buerki, Yann Sommer 

Defenders: Johan Djourou, Michael Lang, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Ricardo Rodriguez, Fabian Schaer, Philippe Senderos, Steve von Bergen, Reto Ziegler

Midfielders: Tranquillo Barnetta, Valon Behrami, Blerim Dzemaili, Gelson Fernandes, Gokhan Inler, Xherdan Shaqiri, Valentin Stocker

Forwards: Josip Drmic, Mario Gavranovic, Admir Mehmedi, Haris Seferovic, Granit Xhaka

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