Oscar Tabarez has today named Uruguay’s provisional World Cup squad of 25 players, including five Serie A names.
Juventus defender Martin Caceres, Parma midfielder Walter Gargano, Bologna midfielder Diego Perez, Lazio midfielder Alvaro Gonzalez and Palermo forward Abel Hernandez have all made the initial selection, which by June 2 will be cut by two ahead of going out to the tournament in Brazil.
Tabarez has also listed a further three players in Andres Scotti, Alvaro Fernandez and Gonzalo Castro, who will not train with the squad, but will be on stand-by in case of injury to any of the 25 now named.
Semi-finalists four years ago, Uruguay will face Costa Rica, England and Italy in Group D of this year’s edition of the competition.
Provisional Uruguay World Cup squad
Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray/Turkey), Martin Silva (Vasco Da Gama/Brazil), Rodrigo Munoz (Libertad/Paraguay)
Defenders: Diego Lugano (West Bromwich Albion/England), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid/Spain), Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid/Spain), Martin Caceres (Juventus/Italy), Maximiliano Pereira (Benfica/Portugal), Jorge Fucile (Porto/Portugal), Sebastian Coates (Nacional).
Midfielders: Egidio Arevalo Rios (Morelia/Mexico), Walter Gargano (Parma/Italy), Diego Perez (Bologna/Italy), Sebastian Eguren (Palmeiras/Brazil), Alvaro Gonzalez (Lazio/Italy), Alejandro Silva (Lanus/Argentina), Alvaro Pereira (San Pablo/Brazil), Cristian Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid/Spain), Gaston Ramirez (Southampton/England), Nicolas Lodeiro (Botafogo/Brazil).
Forwards: Luis Suarez (Liverpool/England), Edinson Cavani (PSG/France), Diego Forlan (Cerezo Osaka/Japan), Cristian Stuani (Espanyol/Spain), Abel Hernandez (Palermo/Italy).
Reserves: Andres Scotti (Nacional), Alvaro Fernandez (Gimnasia La Plata), Gonzalo Castro (Real Sociedad)