HERE ARE THE SQUADS FOR ALL THE WORLD CUP TEAMS

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With the FIFA World Cup kicking off on June 12, footballers from around the world are waiting anxiously by their phones as they wait for the call letting them know whether they’re in or out of their country’s squad.

Some coaches, including Brazil boss, Luiz Felipe Scolari, have taken the plunge by naming their final 23-man squad already. Others, including Australia’s Ange Postecoglou, will name a preliminary 30-man squad before cutting that down to 23 before the final deadline on June 2.

We’ll bring you every squad as it is announced — scroll down to see the players that have been named so far.

GROUP A

BRAZIL

Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Toronto FC), Jefferson (Botafogo), Victor (Atletico Mineiro)

Defenders: David Luiz (Chelsea), Dante (Bayern Munich), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain), Henrique (Napoli), Maicon (Roma), Dani Alves (Barcelona), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Maxwell (Paris Saint-Germain)

Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (Wolfsburg), Paulinho (Tottenham), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Ramires (Chelsea), Oscar (Chelsea), Willian (Chelsea), Hernanes (Inter Milan)

Forwards: Hulk (Zenit St. Petersburg), Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk), Neymar (Barcelona), Jo (Atletico Mineiro), Fred (Fluminense)

HEADLINE: All eyes will be on Neymar with veterans Ronaldinho, Kaka and Robino left out of Luis Felipe Scolari’s squad, which also had no room for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.

REACTION: NO RONALDINHO, KAKA IN BRAZIL 23

Brazil's forward Neymar celebrates after scoring against Italy during their FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A footb...

Neymar will lead the line for Brazil. Source: AFP

CAMEROON

Goalkeepers: Charles Itandje (Konyaspor), Ndy Assembe (Guingamp), Sammy Ndjock (Fetihespor), Loic Feudjou (Coton Sport)

Defenders: Allan Nyom (Granada), Dany Nounkeu (Besiktas), Cedric Djeugoue (Coton Sport), Aurelien Chedjou (Galatasaray), Nicolas Nkoulou (Marseille), Armel Kana-Biyik (Rennes), Henri Bedimo (Lyon), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (QPR), Gaetang Bong (Olympiakos)

Midfielders: Eyong Enoh (Antalyaspor), Jean II Makoun (Rennes), Joel Matip (Schalke 04), Stephane Mbia (Sevilla), Landry Nguemo (Bordeaux), Alexandre Song (Barcelona), Cedric Loe (Osasuna), Edgar Sally (Lens)

Strikers: Samuel Eto’o (Chelsea), Eric Choupo Moting (Mainz), Benjamin Moukandjo (Nancy), Vincent Aboubakar (Lorient), Achille Webo (Fenerbahce), Mohamadou Idrissou (Kaiserslautern), Fabrice Olinga (Zulte-Waregem)

HEADLINE: Chelsea veteran Samuel Eto’o and Barcelona’s Alexandre Song headline a predominantly European based squad.

CROATIA

Goalkeepers: Stipe Pletikosa (Rostov), Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Oliver Zelenika (Dinamo Zagreb).

Defenders: Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk), Dejan Lovren (Southampton), Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Gordon Schildenfeld (Panathinaikos), Danijel Pranjic (Panathinaikos), Ivan Strinic (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Domagoj Vida (Dynamo Kiev), Sime Vrsaljko (Genoa), Igor Bubnjic (Udinese).

Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla), Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers), Ognjen Vukojevic (Dynamo Kiev), Ivan Perisic (Wolfsburg), Mateo Kovacic (Inter Milan), Milan Badelj (Hamburg), Ivo Ilicevic (Hamburg), Marcelo Brozovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivan Mocinic (Rijeka), Mario Pasalic (Hajduk Split), Sammir (Getafe).

Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Bayern Munich), Ivica Olic (Wolfsburg), Eduardo (Shakhtar Donetsk), Nikica Jelavic (Hull City), Ante Rebic (Fiorentina), Duje Cop (Dinamo Zagreb)

HEADLINE: Plenty of stars for the Croats, mainly Bayern’s Mario Mandzukic, Luka Modric, Nikica Jelavic and Ivan Rakiti.

Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric will face Brazil.

Real Madrid’s Croatian midfielder Luka Modric will face Brazil. Source: AFP

MEXICO

Goalkeepers: Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Guillermo Ochoa (Ajaccio), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)

Defenders: Paul Aguilar (Club America), Andres Guardado (Bayer Leverkusen), Miguel Layun (Club America), Rafael Marquez (Leon), Hector Moreno (Espanyol), Diego Reyes (Porto), Francisco Javier Rodriguez (Club America), Carlos Salcido (Tigres)

Midfielders: Isaac Brizuela (Toluca), Marco Fabian (Cruz Azul), Hector Herrera (Porto), Juan Carlos Medina (Club America), Luis Montes (Leon), Carlos Pena (Leon), Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon)

Forwards: Giovani Dos Santos (Villarreal), Javier Hernandez (Manchester United), Raul Jimenez (Club America), Oribe Peralta (Santos), Alan Pulido (Tigres)

HEADLINE: Marquee veteran Rafa Marquez leads Mexico’s contingent, who needed a play-off against New Zealand to qualify. Defender Carlos Salcido is a surprise in, getting his first call-up under boss Miguel Herrera, while Giovani Dos Santos and Javier Hernandez will be the stars up front.

Manchester United's Javier Hernandez will look for a big World Cup.

Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez will look for a big World Cup. Source: News Limited

AUSTRALIA

Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan (Club Brugge), Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund), Eugene Galekovic (Adelaide United), Mark Birighitti (Newcastle Jets)

Defenders: Josh Brilliante (Newcastle Jets), Ivan Franjic (Brisbane Roar), Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo), Matthew Spiranovic (Western Sydney Wanderers), Curtis Good (Dundee United), Bailey Wright (Preston North End), Luke Wilkshire (Dynamo Moscow), Alex Wilkinson (Jeonbuk Motors), Ryan McGowan (Shandong Luneng)

Midfielders: Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace), Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory), James Holland (Austria Vienna), Massimo Luongo (Swindon Town), Adam Sarota (FC Utrecht), Oliver Bozanic (Luzern), Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar), Mark Bresciano (Al-Gharafa)

Attackers: Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Josh Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus), Tom Rogic (Melbourne Victory), Dario Vidosic (Sion), Tommy Oar (FC Utrecht), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory), Ben Halloran (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Adam Taggart (Newcastle Jets), Mathew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt)

Some of the new-look Socceroos.

Some of the new-look Socceroos. Source: Supplied

 CHILE (preliminary squad)

Goalkeepers: Claudio Bravo (Real Sociedad), Johnny Herrera (Universidad de Chile), Paulo Garces (O’Higgins),Cristopher Toselli (Universidad Catolica),

Defenders: Gary Medel (Cardiff), Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest), Mauricio Isla (Juventus), Eugenio Mena (Santos), Marcos Gonzalez (Union Espanola, Chile), Enzo Andia (Universidad Catolica, Chile), Jose Rojas (Universidad de Chile).

Midfielders: Arturo Vidal (Juventus), Jorge Valdivia (Palmeiras), Miiko Albornoz (Malmo), Marcelo Diaz (Basel), Felipe Gutierrez (FC Twente), Rodrigo Millar (Atlas), Jose Pedro Fuenzalida (Colo Colo, Chile), Pedro Pablo Hernandez (O’Higgins, Chile), Matias Fernandez (Fiorentina), Francisco Silva (Osasuna), Charles Aranguiz (Internacional), Carlos Carmona (Atalanta), Jean Beausejour (Wigan).

Forwards: Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona), Esteban Paredes (Colo Colo), Eduardo Vargas (Valencia), Gustavo Canales (Union Espanola), Mauricio Pinilla (Cagliari), Fabian Orellana (Celta).

HEADLINE: Injured Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal has been named just days after undergoing knee surgery. Midfielders David Pizarro of Italy’s Fiorentina and Humberto Suazo, who plays in Monterrey, Mexico. Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez leads the line.

Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal has been named in Chile’s preliminary squad of 30 for the World Cup despite facing a race against time to be fit after undergoing knee surgery last week.

NETHERLANDS (preliminary squad)

Goalkeepers: Michel Vorm (Swansea City), Tim Krul (Newcastle United), Jasper Cillessen (AFC Ajax), Jeroen Zoet (PSV Eindhoven).

Defenders: Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord), Bruno Martins Indi (Feyenoord), Stefan de Vrij (Feyenoord), Daley Blind (Ajax), Paul Verhaegh (FC Augsburg), Karim Rekik (PSV), Joel Veltman (AFC Ajax), Patrick van Aanholt (Vitesse Arnhem), Terence Kongolo (Feyenoord).

M idfielders: Rafael van der Vaart (SV Hamburg), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasary), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Jonathan de Guzman (Swansea City), Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Leroy Fer (Norwich City), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV), Tonny Vilhena (Feyenoord).

Forwards: Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04), Jeremain Lens (Dinamo Kiev), Memphis Depay (PSV), Jean-Paul Boetius (Feyenoord), Quincy Promes (FC Twente).

HEADLINE: The loss of key midfielder Kevin Strootman has forced Louis Van Gaal into a reschuffle and he is contemplating playing five defenders. The squad is a mix of inexperience — six players with only one international to their name and three making their debuts in the full international squad – and veterans.

SPAIN

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Napoli), David de Gea (Manchester United)

Defenders: Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos (both Real Madrid), Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba (both Barcelona), Cesar Azplicueta (Chelsea), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid), Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich), Raul Albiol (Napoli), Alberto Moreno (Sevilla)

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas (all Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Ander Iturraspe (Athletic Bilbao), David Silva (Manchester City), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Juan Mata (Manchester United)

Forwards: Diego Costa, David Villa (both Atletico Madrid), Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas (both Manchester City), Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona), Fernando Llorente (Juventus), Fernando Torres (Chelsea)

HEADLINE: Despite tough campaigns in England, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata have been named, while coach Vincente Del Bosque has picked three players without caps – David de Gea,Dani Carvajal and Ander Iturraspe. Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa was a no brainer after declaring his allegiance to Spain.

Spain’s squad is packed full of superstars.

Spain’s squad is packed full of superstars. Source: AFP

GROUP C

COLOMBIA (preliminary squad)

Goalkeepers: David Ospina, Faryd Mondragon, Camilo Vargas

Defenders: Eder Alvarez Balanta, Santiago Arias, Pablo Armero, Mario Yepes, Camilo Zuñiga, Cristian Zapata, Luis Amaranto Perea Carlos Valdes, Aquivaldo Mosquera.

Midfielders: James Rodriguez, Juan Fernando Quintero, Fredy Guarin, Alexander Mejia, Aldo Leão Ramirez, Carlos Sanchez, Elkin Soto, Edwin Valencia, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado, Abel Aguilar, Macnelly Torres

Strikers: Radamel Falcao, Carlos Bacca, Adrian Ramos, Luis Muriel, Jackson Martinez, Teofilo Gutierrez, Victor Ibarbo

HEADLINE: Star striker Radamel Falcao could make the World Cup finals yet despite a serious injury while playing for Monaco back in January. The 28-year-old has repeatedly said he still hopes to be in Brazil and manager Jose Pekerman is confident he will be leading the line.

Where there’s life, there’s hope, for Colombia’s Falcao.

Where there’s life, there’s hope, for Colombia’s Falcao. Source: AP

GREECE

Goalkeepers: Panaglotis Glykos (PAOK), Stefanos Kapino (Panathinaikos), Orestis Karnezis (Granada), Michalis Sifakis (Atromitos), Alexandros Tzorvas (Apollon Smyrnis).

Defenders: Jose Holebas (Olympiacos), Giannis Maniatis (Olympiacos), Kostas Manolas (Olympiacos), Avraam Papadopoulos (Olympiacos), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund), Dimitris Siovas (Olympiacos), Vasilis Torosidis (Roma), Giorgios Tzavellas (PAOK), Loukas Vyntra (Levante).

Midfielders: Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (Bologna), Ioannis Fetfatzidis (Genoa), Kostas Fortounis (Kaiserslautern), Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham), Kostas Katsouranis (PAOK), Panagiotis Kone (Bologna), Sotiris Ninis (PAOK), Andreas Samaris (Olympiacos), Panagiotis Tachtsidis (Torino), Alexandros Tziolis (Kayserispor).

Forwards: Theofanis Gekas (Konyaspor), Kostas Mitroglou (Fulham), Dimitris Papadopoulos (Atromitos), Dimitris Salpingidis (PAOK), Georgios Samaras (Celtic).

HEADLINE: 132-cap veteran Giorgos Karagounis leads the side, despite a sub-par season at Fulham, while club teammate Kostas Mitroglou will also be there.

Greece's Giorgos Karagounis (10) and teammates.

Greece’s Giorgos Karagounis (10) and teammates. Source: AP

IVORY COAST (preliminary squad)

Goalkeepers: Boubacar Barry (Lokeren/Belgium), Sayouba Mande (Stabaek/Norway), Sylvain Gbohouo (Sewe San Pedro), Ali Badra Sangare (ASEC Mimosas)

Defenders: Kolo Toure (Liverpool), Arthur Boka (Stuttgart), Jean-Daniel Akpa Akpro (Toulouse), Serge Aurier (Toulouse), Ousmane Viera Diarrassouba (Caykur Rizespor/Turkey), Didier Zokora (Trabzonspor/Turkey), Constant Djakpa (Frankfurt), Brice Dja Djedje (Marseille), Benjamin Angoua Brou (Valenciennes/France), Bamba Souleymane (Trabzonspor/Turkey)

Midfielders: Ismael Diomande (St Etienne/France), Max Gradel (St Etienne/France), Yaya Toure (Manchester City), Ismael Cheick Tiote (Newcastle), Geoffroy Serey Die (Basel), Didier Ya Konan (Hanover)

Forwards: Didier Drogba (Galatasaray), Gervinho (Roma), Salomon Kalou (Lille), Wilfried Bony (Swansea), Giovanni Sio (Basel), Mathis Bolly (Duesseldorf), Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow), Lacina Traore (Everton)

HEADLINE: Former Arsenal right-back Emmanuel Eboue was the most notable ommission from a strong Ivory Coast squad that includes veteran strikers and former Chelsea stars Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou.

Yaya Toure leads a strong Ivory Coast side.

Yaya Toure leads a strong Ivory Coast side. Source: Getty Images

JAPAN

Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima (Standard Liege), Shusaku Nishikawa (Urawa Red Diamonds), Shuichi Gonda (FC Tokyo)

Defenders: Yuto Nagatomo (Inter Milan), Maya Yoshida (Southampton), Yasuyuki Konno (Gamba Osaka), Masahiko Inoha (Jubilo Iwata), Masato Morishige (FC Tokyo), Atsuto Uchida (Schalke 04), Hiroki Sakai (Hannover 96), Gotoku Sakai (Stuttgart)

Midfielders:

Makoto Hasebe (Nuremberg), Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka), Yasuhito Endo (Gamba Osaka), Toshihiro Aoyama (Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Hiroshi Kiyotake (Nuremberg), Keisuke Honda (AC Milan)

Forwards: Shinji Kagawa (Manchester United), Shinji Okazaki (Mainz 05), Yuya Osako (1860 Munich), Yoichiro Kakitani (Cerezo Osaka), Yoshito Okubo (Kawasaki Frontale), Manabu Saito (Yokohama Marinos)

HEADLINE: Australia’s Asian rivals Japan boast European stars Shingi Kagawa from Manchester United, Mainz forward Shinji Okazaki and AC Milan marksman Keisuke Honda. Surprisingly, veteran striker Yoshito Okubo also got the nod.

Japanese football player Shinji Kagawa.

Japanese football player Shinji Kagawa. Source: AFP

GROUP D

COSTA RICA

Goalkeepers: Keilor Navas (Levante), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense), Daniel Cambronero (Herediano), Esteban Alvarado (AZ Alkmaar)

Defenders: Johnny Acosta (Alajuelense), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Columbus Crew), Michael Umana (Saprissa), Oscar Duarte (Brujas), Waylon Francis (Columbus Crew), Heiner Mora (Saprissa), Junior Diaz (Mainz 05), Christian Gamboa (Rosenborg), Roy Miller (New York Red Bulls), Kendall Waston (Saprissa)

Midfielders: Celso Borges (AIK), Christian Bolanos (FC Copenhagen), Oscar Esteban Granados (Herediano), Michael Barrantes (AAlesund), Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa), Diego Calvo (Valerenga), Jose Miguel Cubero (Herediano), Carlos Hernandez (Wellington Phoenix), Ariel Rodriguez (Alajuelense), Hansell Arauz (Saprissa)

Former Wellington Phoenix star Carlos Hernandez has a chance to go to Brazil.

Former Wellington Phoenix star Carlos Hernandez has a chance to go to Brazil. Source: News Corp Australia

Forwards: Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake), Bryan Ruiz (PSV Eindhoven), Joel Campbell (Olympiakos), Randall Brenes (Cartagines), Marco Urena (FC Kuban Krasnodar), Jairo Arrieta (Columbus Crew)

ENGLAND

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Fraser Forster (Celtic).

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Luke Shaw (Southampton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Southampton), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

Forwards: Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Daniel Welbeck (Manchester United).

HEADLINE: Veterans Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are in, but Ashley Cole isn’t, with Everton sensation Ross Barkley headlining an England squad with a sprinkling of the EPL’s brightest young talent.

It’s a big stage for Super Mario, right.

It’s a big stage for Super Mario, right. Source: AFP

ITALY (preliminary squad)

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Mattia Perin (Genoa), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain).

Defenders: Ignazio Abate (AC Milan), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Torino), Mattia De Sciglio (AC Milan), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Gabriel Paletta (Parma), Manuel Pasqual (Fiorentina), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan).

Midfielders: Alberto Aquilani (Fiorentina), Antonio Candreva (Lazio), Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (AC Milan), Thiago Motta (Paris Saint-Germain), Marco Parolo (Parma), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus), Romulo (Hellas Verona), Marco Verratti (Paris Saint-Germain).

Forwards: Mario Balotelli (AC Milan), Antonio Cassano (Parma), Alessio Cerci (Torino), Mattia Destro (Roma), Ciro Immobile (Torino), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Giuseppe Rossi (Fiorentina).

HEADLINE: Key defender Giorgio Chiellini is in despite a Juventus club ethics ban for elbowing Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic. Giuseppe Rossi also made it, having just returned from a four-month layoff due to a right knee injury.

URUGUAY

Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martín Silva (Vasco Da Gama); Rodrigo Munoz (Libertad).

Defenders: Diego Lugano (West Bromwich Albion), Diego Godín (Atletico Madrid), Jose María Gimenez (Atletico Madrid), Martín Caceres (Juventus), Maximiliano Pereira (Benfica), Jorge Fucile (Porto), Sebastian Coates (Nacional).

Midfielders: Egidio Arevalo Ríos (Morelia), Walter Gargano (Parma), Diego Perez (Bologna), Sebastian Eguren (Palmeira), Alvaro Gonzalez (Lazio), Alejandro Silva (Lanus), Álvaro Pereira (San Pablo), Cristian Rodríguez (Atletico Madrid), Gaston Ramírez (Southampton), Nicolas Lodeiro (Botafogo).

Forwards: Luis Suarez (Liverpool), Edinson Cavani (Paris SG), Diego Forlan (Cerezo Osaka), Cristian Stuani (Espanyol), Abel Hernandez (Palermo).

HEADLINE: All eyes will be on Uruguay’s strikeforce, boasting Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani.

Uruguay has a destructive strikeforce.

Uruguay has a destructive strikeforce. Source: AFP

GROUP E

ECUADOR

Goalkeepers: Maximo Banguera, Adrian Bone, Alexander Dominguez

D efenders: Gabriel Achilier, Walter Ayovi, Oscar Bagui, Frickson Erazo, Jorge Guagua, John Narvaez, Juan Carlos Paredes, Cristian Ramirez

Midfielders: Michael Arroyo, Segundo Castillo, Carlos Gruezo, Renato Ibarra, Fidel Martinez, Edison Mendez, Oswaldo Minda, Christian Noboa, Pedro Quinonez, Luis Saritama, Antonio Valencia.

Forwards: Jaime Ayovi, Felipe Caicedo, Angel Mena, Jefferson Montero, Cristian Penilla, Joao Rojas, Enner Valencia, Armando Wila.

HEADLINE: It’s all about the Valencia boys- Enner and Manchester United winger Antonio.

FRANCE

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Mickael Landreau (Bastia)

Defenders: Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle), Bacary Sagna (Arsenal), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Eliaquim Mangala (Porto), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Lucas Digne (PSG)

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (PSG), Clement Grenier (Lyon), Blaise Matuidi (PSG), Rio Mavuba (Lille), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle), Mathieu Valbuena (Marseille)

Forwards: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Real Sociedad), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich), Loic Remy (QPR)

Standby: Remy Cabella (Montpellier), Maxime Gonalons (Lyon), Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon), Loic Perrin (Saint-Etienne), Stephane Ruffier (Saint-Etienne), Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton), Benoit Tremoulinas (Bordeaux)

HEADLINE: Mancehster City star Samir Nasri was left out of the France squad, but they still have plenty of attacking firepower through the likes of Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery and Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema.

Can this crop bring success back to France?

Can this crop bring success back to France? Source: AFP

HONDURAS

Goalkeepers: Noel Valladares, Donis Escober (both Olimpia), Luis Lopez (Real Espana).

Defenders: Brayan Beckeles (Olimpia), Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic), Juan Carlos Garcia (Wigan), Maynor Figueroa (Hull), Victor Bernardez (San Jose Earthquakes), Osman Chavez (Qingdao Janoon), Juan Pablo Montes (Motagua).

Midfielders: Arnold Peralta (Rangers), Luis Garrido (Olimpia), Roger Espinoza (Wigan), Jorge Claros (Motagua), Wilson Palacios (Stoke), Oscar Garcia (Houston Dynamo), Andy Najar (Anderlecht), Mario Martinez (Real Espana), Marvin Chavez (Colorado Rapids).

Forwards: Jerry Bengtson (New England Revolution), Jerry Palacios (Alajuelense), Carlo Costly (Real Espana), Rony Martinez (Real Sociedad).

HEADLINE: There are six British based players in the squad, headlined by Hull defender Maynor Figueroa and Stoke midfielder Wilson Palacios.

SWITZERLAND

Goalkeepers: Diego Benaglio (Wolfsburg), Roman Buerki (Grasshopper), Yann Sommer (Basel)

Defenders: Johan Djourou (Hamburg), Michael Lang (Grasshopper), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg), Fabian Schaer (Basel), Philippe Senderos (Valencia), Steve von Bergen (Young Boys), Reto Ziegler (Sassuolo)

Midfielders: Tranquillo Barnetta (Eintracht Frankfurt), Valon Behrami (Napoli), Blerim Dzemaili (Napoli), Gelson Fernandes (Freiburg), Goekhan Inler (Napoli), Xherdan Shaqiri (Bayern Munich), Valentin Stocker (Basel)

Forwards: Josip Drmic (Nurnberg), Mario Gavranovic (Zurich), Admir Mehmedi (Freiburg), Haris Seferovic (Real Sociedad), Granit Xhaka (Borussia Moenchengladbach)

HEADLINE: Xherdan Shaqiri and Goekhan Inler headline a very strong midfield named in Ottmar Hitzfeld’s Swiss squad, while there was also a place for veteran defender Philippe Senderos.

GROUP F

ARGENTINA (preliminary squad)

Goalkeepers: Mariano Andujar (Catania), Sergio Romero (Monaco), Agustin Orion (Boca Juniors)

Defenders: Lisandro Lopez (Getafe), Hugo Campagnaro (Inter Milan), Federico Fernandez (Napoli), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Ezequiel Garay (Benfica), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon), Jose Basanta (Monterrey), Nicolas Otamendi (Atletico Mineiro), Martin Demichelis (Manchester City), Gabriel Mercado (River Plate)

Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona), Jose Sosa (Atletico Madrid), Augusto Fernandez (Celta Vigo), Ricky Alvarez (Inter Milan), Lucas Biglia (Lazio), Ever Banega (Newell’s Old Boys), Fernando Gago (Boca Juniors), Maxi Rodriguez (Newell’s Old Boys), Enzo Perez (Benfica), Fabian Rinaudo (Catania)

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Barcelona), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid), Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan), Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli), Sergio Agüero (Manchester City), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris SG), Franco Di Santo (Werder Bremen)

HEADLINE: Juventus superstar Carlos Tevez didn’t make the cut, while winger Erik Lamela’s recent injuries counted against him. However, with Lionel Messi weaving his magic and Sergio Aguero firing, Argentina isn’t exactly short of attacking options.

Will Messi and Ronaldo’s individual bids for greatness succeed in Brazil?

Will Messi and Ronaldo’s individual bids for greatness succeed in Brazil? Source: AP

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Goalkeepers: Asmir Begovic (Stoke City), Asmir Avdukic (Borac Banja Luka), Jasmin Fejzic (VFR Aalen).

Defenders: Emir Spahic (Bayer Leverkusen), Toni Sunjic (Zorya Lugansk), Sead Kolasinac (Schalke), Ognjen Vranjes (Elazigspor), Ervin Zukanovic (Gent), Ermin Bicakcic (Eintracht Braunschweig), Muhamed Besic (Ferencvaros).

Midfielders: Miralem Pjanic (Roma), Izet Hajrovic (Galatasaray), Mensur Mujdza (Freiburg), Haris Medunjanin (Gaziantepspor), Senad Lulic (Lazio), Anel Hadzic (Sturm), Tino Susic (Hajduk), Sejad Salihovic (Hoffenheim), Zvjezdan Misimovic (Guizhour Renhe), Senijad Ibricic (Erciyesspor), Avdija Vrsaljevic (Hajduk).

Forwards: Vedad Ibisevic (VfB Stuttgart), Edin Dzeko (Manchester City), Edin Visca (Istanbul BB).

HEADLINE: an underrated line-up with two of the EPL’s best – Asmir Begovic and Edin Dzeko – bookending the line-up at either end.

Bosnia & Herzegovina’s Edin Dzeko has been on fire for Manchester City.

Bosnia & Herzegovina’s Edin Dzeko has been on fire for Manchester City. Source: Getty Images

IRAN (preliminary squad)

Goalkeepers: Daniel Davari (Eintracht Braunschweig), Alireza Haghighi (Sporting Covilha, on loan from Rubin Kazan), Rahman Ahmadi (Sepahan), Sousha Makani (Foolad Khuzestan) Defenders:Khosro Heidari (Esteghlal), Hossein Mahini (Persepolis), Steven “Mehrdad” Beitashour (Vancouver Whitecaps), Pejman Montazeri (Umm Salal), Jalal Hosseini (Persepolis), Amir Sadeghi (Esteghlal), Mohammad Reza Khanzadeh (Zob Ahan), Ahmad Alenemeh (Naft), Hashem Beikzadeh (Esteghlal), Ehsan Hajsafi (Sepahan), Mehrdad Pooladi (Persepolis).

Midfielders: Javad Nekounam (Al Kuwait), Andranik Teymourian (Esteghlal), Reza Haghighi (Persepolis), Ghasem Hadadifar (Zob Ahan), Bakhtiyar Rahmani (Foolad), Alireza Jahanbakhsh (NEC Nijmegen), Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham).

Forwards: Masoud Shojaei (Las Palmas), Mohammad Reza Khalatbari (Persepolis), Mehdi Sharifi (Sepahan), Reza Ghoochannejhad (Charlton), Karim Ansarifard (Persepolis, on loan at Tractor Sazi), Sardar Azmoun (Rubin Kazan).

HEADLINE: former Manchester United assistant Carlos Queiroz helms the Middle East outfit, which includes Fulham midfielder Ashkan Dejagah. There will be plenty of eyes on Rubin Kazan’s 19-year-old starlet Sardar Azmoun.

19-year-old starlet Sardar Azmoun.

19-year-old starlet Sardar Azmoun. Source: Getty Images

NIGERIA (preliminary squad)

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Lille FC, France); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheva, Israel), Daniel Akpeyi (Warri Wolves), Chigozie Agbim (Gombe United)

Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France); Efe Ambrose (Celtic, Scotland); Godfrey Oboabona (Rizespor, Turkey); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves); Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough, England); Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC, Israel); Joseph Yobo (Norwich City, England); Kunle Odunlami (Sunshine Stars).

Midfielders: John Mikel Obi (Chelsea, England); Ramon Azeez (Almeria FC, Spain); Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy); Joel Obi (Parma, Italy); Nnamdi Oduamadi (Varese, Italy); Ejike Uzoenyi (Enugu Rangers), Nosa Igiebor (Real Betis, Spain), Sunday Mba (CA Bastia, France), Reuben Gabriel (Waasland-Beveren, Belgium), Michael Babatunde (Volyn Lutsk, Ukraine).

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia); Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United, England); Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahce, Turkey); Obinna Nsofor (Chievo Verona, Italy); Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City, England), Michael Uchebo (Cercle Brugge, Belgium); Victor Moses (Liverpool, England), Uche Nwofor (Heerenveen, Holland).

HEADLINE: EPL strikers Peter Odemwingie, Victor Moses and Shola Ameobi have got the nod for Stephen Keshi’s squad but Ikechukwu Uche, who scored 12 La Liga goals for Villareal this term, has not.

Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel (R) is part of Nigeria’s squad.

Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel (R) is part of Nigeria’s squad. Source: AFP

GROUP G

GERMANY (preliminary squad)

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hanover)

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Kevin Grosskreutz (Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Hoewedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Marcell Jansen (Hamburg), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Shkodran Mustafi (Sampdoria), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund).

Midfielders: Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Schalke), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Leon Goretzka (Schalke), Mario Goetze (Bayern Munich), Andre Hahn (Augsburg), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Max Meyer (Schalke), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)

Forwards: Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Kevin Volland (Hoffenheim)

HEADLINE: Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has been included despite being out all year with a knee injury. He features in a star-studded squad, although Joachim Loew will be relying heavily on goals from midfield. Veteran Miroslav Klose has 14 World Cup finals goals and he has been handed the chance to surpass Ronaldo as the greatest World Cup finals scorer of all time after selection in his fourth tournament.

REACTION: VETERAN GOMEZ LEFT OUT OF GERMANY SQUAD

Mesut Ozil is hoping for a big tournament with Germany.

Mesut Ozil is hoping for a big tournament with Germany. Source: AP

GHANA

Goalkeepers: Stephen Adams (Aduana Stars), Fatau Dauda (Orlando Pirates), Adam Kwarasey (Stromsgodset)

Defenders: Harrison Afful (Esperance), Jerry Akaminko (Eskisehirspor), John Boye (Stade Rennes), Samuel Inkoom (Platanias), Jonathan Mensah (Evian Thonon Gaillard), Daniel Opare (Standard Liege), Jeffrey Schluup (Leicester City), Rashid Sumaila (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Midfielders: David Accam (Helsingborg), Afriyie Acquah (Parma), Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough), Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus), Christian Atsu (Vitesse Arnhem), Andre Ayew (Olympique Marseille), Michael Essien (AC Milan), Rabiu Mohammed (Kuban Krasnodar), Sulley Muntari (AC Milan), Mubarak Wakaso (Rubin Kazan)

Forwards: Jordan Ayew (Sochaux), Kevin Prince Boateng (Schalke 04), Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain), Abdul Majeed Waris (Valenciennes)

HEADLINE: Veterans Michael Essien – who missed 2010 with injury, Asamoah Gyan and Sulley Muntari all get another World Cup finals, but big names John Mensah and Isaac Vorsah have been left out.

Ghana's Sulley Muntari.

Ghana’s Sulley Muntari. Source: AP

 PORTUGAL (preliminary squad)

Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Sevilla), Eduardo (Braga), Rui Patrício (Sporting Lisbon)

Defenders: AndreG Almeida (Benfica), Antunes (Malaga), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahce), Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid), Joao Pereira (Valencia), Neto (Zenit St. Petersburg), Pepe (Real Madrid), Ricardo Costa (Valencia), Rolando (Inter Milan)

Midfielders: Andre Gomes (Benfica), Joao Mario (Vitoria Guimaraes), Joao Moutinho (Monaco), Miguel Veloso (Dynamo Kiev), Raul Meireles (Fenerbahce), Ruben Amorim (Benfica), William Carvalho (Sporting Lisbon)

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Eder (Braga), Helder Postiga (Lazio), Hugo Almeida (Besiktas), Ivan Cavaleiro (Benfica), Nani (Manchester United), Rafa (Braga), Ricardo Quaresma, Silvestre Varela (both Porto), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg)

HEADLINE: Portugal will rely heavily on Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo, although he’ll be supported by the likes of Joao Moutinho and William Cravalho.

The stage is yours, Cristiano.

The stage is yours, Cristiano. Source: AFP

USA

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Timmy Chandler (Nurnberg), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Parkhurst (Columbus Crew), DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle Sounders FC)

Midfielders: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Nantes), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg), Maurice Edu (Philadelphia Union), Julian Green (Bayern Munich), Jermaine Jones (Besiktas), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)

Forwards: Jozy Altidore (Sunderland), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Aron Johannsson (AZ Alkmaar), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

HEADLINE: Everton No.1 Tim Howard, Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan, Sunderland striker Jozy Alitdore and Stoke defender Geoff Cameron headline USA’s EPL contingent, while Jurgen Klinsmann will rely heavily on MLS-based legends Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan.

Landon Donovan, US President Barack Obama and David Beckham.

Landon Donovan, US President Barack Obama and David Beckham. Source: Getty Images

GROUP H

ALGERIA

Goalkeepers: Azzedine Doukha (USM El Harrach), Rais Mbolhi (CSKA Sofia), Cedric Si Mohamed (CS Constantine), Mohamed Lamine Zemmamouche (USM Alger)

Defenders: Essaid Belkalem (Watford), Madjid Bougherra (Al Lekhwiya), Liassine Cadamuro (Mallorca), Faouzi Ghoulam (Naples), Rafik Halliche (Academica Coimbra), Nacereddine Khoualed (USM Alger), Aissa Mandi (Stade Reims), Carl Medjani (Valenciennes), Djamel Mesbah (Livorno), Mehdi Mostefa (Ajaccio)

Midfielders: Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur), Ryad Boudebouz (Bastia), Yacine Brahimi (Granada), Abdelmoumene Djabou (Club Africain), Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia), Adlene Guedioura (Crystal Palace), Foued Kadir (Stade Rennes), Amir Karaoui (Entente Setif), Mehdi Lacen (Getafe), Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City), Saphir Taider (Inter Milan), Hassan Yebda (Udinese)

Forwards: Rafik Djebbour (Nottingham Forest), Nabil Ghilas (Porto), Islam Slimani (Sporting), El Arabi Soudani (Dinamo Zagreb).

HEADLINE: Tottenham’s Nabil Bentaleb is included in a squad that boasts just three locally based players, amongst midfielders and strikers coming from the EPL, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and Russia.

BELGIUM

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Simon Mignolet, Koen Casteels/ Silvio Proto

Defenders: T.Alderweireld, A.Vanden Borre, L.Ciman, V.Kompany, D.Van Buyten, T.Vermaelen, N.Lombaerts, J.Vertonghen.

Midfielders: Axel Witsel, Steven Defour, Marouane Fellaini, Mousa Dembélé, Nacer Chadli, Kevin De Bruyne, Adnan Januzaj

Attackers: Romelu Lukaku, Divock Origi, Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens, Kevin Mirallas.

HEADLINE: Manchester United prodigy Adnan Januzaj is IN, as is maligned club teammate Marouane Fellaini. Plenty of firewpower for the Red Devils, with Eden Hazard, Kevin Mirallas and Romelu Lukaku also named.

Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj is set for Brazil after his first call up.

Manchester United midfielder Adnan Januzaj is set for Brazil after his first call up. Source: AFP

RUSSIA

Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Yury Lodygin (Zenit St Petersburg), Sergey Ryzhikov (Rubin Kazan)

Defenders: Alexander Anyukov (Zenit St Petersburg), Alexey Berezutskiy (CSKA Moscow), Vasili Berezutskiy (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Dynamo Moscow), Andrey Eshchenko (Anzhi Makhachkala), Sergey Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Alexey Kozlov (Dynamo Moscow), Dmitry Kombarov (Spartak Moscow), Andrey Semenov (Terek Grozny), Georgi Schennikov (CSKA Moscow)

Midfielders: Vladimir Bystrov (Anzhi Makhachkala), Yury Gazinskiy (Krasnodar), Denis Glushakov (Spartak Moscow), Igor Denisov (Dynamo Moscow), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Yury Zhirkov (Dynamo Moscow), Alexey Ionov (Dynamo Moscow), Pavel Mogilevets (Rubin Kazan), Alexander Samedov (Lokomotiv Moscow), Victor Faizulin (Zenit St Petersburg), Oleg Shatov (Zenit St Petersburg), Roman Shirokov (Krasnodar)

Forwards: Artem Dzyuba (Rostov), Maxim Kanunnikov (Amkar Perm), Alexander Kerzhakov (Zenit St Petersburg), Alexander Kokorin (Dynamo Moscow), Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading)

HEADLINE: 30-year-old Pavel Pogrebnyak, from Reading, is a surprise selection in Fabio Capello’s preliminary squad, which unsurprsingly didn’t include veterans Andrey Arshavin, Roman Pavlyuchenko or Dinyar Bilyaletdinov.

SOUTH KOREA

Goalkeepers: Jung Sung-ryong (Suwon Bluewings), Kim Seung-gyu (Ulsan Hyundai), Lee Bum-young (Busan IPark)

Defenders: Kim Jin-su (Albirex Niigata), Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande), Yoon Suk-young (QPR), Hwang Seok-ho (Hiroshima Sanfrecce), Hong Jeong-ho (Augsburg) Kwak Tae-hwi (Al Hilal), Lee Yong (Ulsan Hyundai), Kim Chang-su (Kashiwa Reysol)

Midfielders: Ki Sung-yueng (Sunderland), Ha Dae-sung (Beijing Guoan), Han Kook-young (Kashiwa Reysol), Park Jong-woo (Guangzhou R&F), Kim Bo-kyung (Cardiff City), Lee Chung-yong (Bolton Wanderers), Ji Dong-won (Augsburg), Son Heung-min (Bayer Leverkusen)

Forwards: Koo Ja-cheol (FSV Mainz 05), Lee Keun-ho (Sangju Sangmu), Park Chu-young (Watford), Kim Shin-wook (Ulsan Hyundai)

HEADLINE: Hong Myung-bo has selected a mix of European and Asian based players, with Bayer Leverkusen star Son Heung-min headlining the group. Five players, including Sunderland’s Ki Sung-yueng, are from England’s top two tiers.

South Korea’s Heung-Min Son has been a revelation for Bayer Leverkusen.

South Korea’s Heung-Min Son has been a revelation for Bayer Leverkusen

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