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Messi and Agüero have been starting together for the best part of the last two years.

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Fair enough. I genuinely wasn't sure.

I'm a massive fan of Tevez, he gave a lot to City in his time here (although not without some issues along the way :D) so I have always had a soft spot for him and probably always will have. I agree that if he's competing directly with Messi/Aguero then he shouldn't be near the side, because Aguero is amazing and Messi is Messi.

Interestingly - and because I don't follow international football on any continent besides Europe so I am pretty ignorant here - does this mean Messi and Aguero are unlikely to start together?

Think all of di María, Messi, Agüero and Higuaín will start.

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Uruguay 28-man provisional squad:

Fernando Muslera, Rodrigo Muñoz, Martín Silva, Diego Lugano, Diego Godín, José María Giménez, Martín Cáceres, Maxi Pereira, Jorge Fucile, Sebastián Coates, Arévalo Ríos, Walter Gargano, Diego Pérez, Sebastián Eguren, Álvaro "Tata" González, Alejandro Silva, Álvaro Pereira, Cristian Rodríguez, Gastón Ramírez, Nicolás Lodeiro, Edinson Cavani, Luis Suárez, Diego Forlán, Abel Hernández, Cristian Stuani, Andrés Scotti, Alvaro Fernández and Gonzalo Castro.

Several Brazil-base players. :cool:

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This is Italy's rumored 30-man squad apparently:

Portieri - Buffon, Mirante, Perin, Sirigu.

Difensori - Abate, Astori, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Criscito, De Sciglio, Maggio, Paletta, Romulo.

Centrocampisti - Candreva, De Rossi, Marchisio, Montolivo, Parolo, Pirlo, Thiago Motta, Verratti, Giaccherini.

Attaccanti - Balotelli, Cassano, Cerci, Destro, Gilardino, Immobile, Insigne, Rossi.

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El Shaarawy only played his first game of 2014 (and first since December) on Sunday. He isn't going to be fit enough - Prandelli can't gamble on both him and Giuseppe Rossi.

Aquilani was one of a few players that Prandelli lost faith in earlier this year. Players who he felt the shirt 'weighed too heavily' on. Prandelli speak for 'they're just not cut out for this level'.

Incidentally, that squad posted by PMLF has 31 players, not 30. The story doing the rounds is that Prandelli is undecided between Giaccherini and Giuseppe Rossi, which is pretty incredible if true.

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El Shaarawy only played his first game of 2014 (and first since December) on Sunday. He isn't going to be fit enough - Prandelli can't gamble on both him and Giuseppe Rossi.

Aquilani was one of a few players that Prandelli lost faith in earlier this year. Players who he felt the shirt 'weighed too heavily' on. Prandelli speak for 'they're just not cut out for this level'.

Incidentally, that squad posted by PMLF has 31 players, not 30. The story doing the rounds is that Prandelli is undecided between Giaccherini and Giuseppe Rossi, which is pretty incredible if true.

Yes, 31 players indeed, the squad was posted here: http://www.tuttomercatoweb.com/serie-a/sky-anticipa-la-lista-i-30-pre-convocati-di-prandelli-554726

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Ahh ok, does Aquilani get a look in these days?

He still made most of the squads up until this point, because he's doing well for Fiorentina. But we're pretty loaded in central midfield, and if you play like he did (he wasn't bad necessarily, he just didn't make an impact), then you're going to get cut.

He's competing against the PSG duo, De Rossi, Pirlo, Montolivo and Marchisio. Six midfielders taking up eight slots. Can't afford not to play well.

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Urgh, Candreva.

I also don't understand why Prandelli would need to call four goalies up. If one or two are injured, he has a chance to call others up when he submits the 23 because injuries are exempt from the rule.

Or so I understand.

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This is Italy's rumored 30-man squad apparently:

Portieri - Buffon, Mirante, Perin, Sirigu.

Difensori - Abate, Astori, Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Criscito, De Sciglio, Maggio, Paletta, Romulo.

Centrocampisti - Candreva, De Rossi, Marchisio, Montolivo, Parolo, Pirlo, Thiago Motta, Verratti, Giaccherini.

Attaccanti - Balotelli, Cassano, Cerci, Destro, Gilardino, Immobile, Insigne, Rossi.

My choices out of those would be:

Buffon, Perin, Sirigu

Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Criscito, De Sciglio, Maggio, Rômulo

De Rossi, Marchisio, Montolivo, Pirlo, Motta, Verratti, Giaccherini

Balotelli, Cassano, Cerci, Immobile, Insigne, Rossi

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Switzerland World Cup squad

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

Defenders: Johan Djourou (Hamburg), Michael Lang (Grasshopper), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg), Fabian Schär (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), Gökhan Inler (Napoli), Xherdan Shaqiri (Bayern Munich), Valentin Stocker (Basel), Granit Xhaka (Borussia Monchengladbach).

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

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Switzerland have a pretty decent XI - their midfield in particular. And they might finally have a striker that can score goals.

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It's only natural Tevez isn't part of Argentina's squad.

Tevez and Messi don't go together. Tevez wants to be the central man, he's a ball hogger, which simply isn't possible if you have Messi in your team and Aguero as well. It's no coincidence they (and Messi as well) started playing much better after Tevez was dropped.

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Spain 30

Casillas, Reina, De Gea

Ramos, Pique, Albiol, Javi Martinez, Juanfran, Jordi Alba, Azpilicueta, Dani Carvajal, Moreno,

Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Iniesta, Koke, Busquets, Cazorla, Iturraspe, Fabregas, Thiago, Mata, Silva

Pedro, Jesus Navas, Diego Costa, Villa, Torres, Negredo, Llorente

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Spain 30

Casillas, Reina, De Gea

Ramos, Pique, Albiol, Javi Martinez, Juanfran, Jordi Alba, Azpilicueta, Dani Carvajal, Moreno,

Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Iniesta, Koke, Busquets, Cazorla, Iturraspe, Fabregas, Thiago, Mata, Silva

Pedro, Jesus Navas, Diego Costa, Villa, Torres, Negredo, Llorente

Spain can **** right off with that squad ffs :D Dunno if they'll win it but that's insanely strong. No idea who gets dropped from that.

Quite like that Switzerland squad as well. Will probably come second to France and end up facing Argentina, but could very well beat or draw with France and end up topping the group, at which point you'd back them to get through to the Quarters.

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Switzerland's one of my favorite underdogs. Surprised they haven't performed better so far. Because they always had a cracking team the past 8 years.

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Bloody hell that spanish squad :D

Good luck getting that down to 23 Vicente..

Tbf, I think most of the seven who will be cut are pretty obvious (to me at least, though I haven't watched much La Liga, so maybe there's some surprises in there).

Moreno, Iturraspe, Torres, Negredo or Llorente will surely go.

Then one from Azpilicueta and Dani Carvajal.

Not sure on the other two though. Maybe Cazorla + 1 other.

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Spain 30

Casillas, Reina, De Gea

Ramos, Pique, Albiol, Javi Martinez, Juanfran, Jordi Alba, Azpilicueta, Dani Carvajal, Moreno,

Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Iniesta, Koke, Busquets, Cazorla, Iturraspe, Fabregas, Thiago, Mata, Silva

Pedro, Jesus Navas, Diego Costa, Villa, Torres, Negredo, Llorente

Bloody Hell. No Isco, Arbeloa, Herrera or Monreal and it still looks like a strong bunch. Anyone that gets cut from THAT squad will be considered controversial, even Koke or Itturaspe. They could just send two teams and both would meet in the final.

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Bloody Hell. No Isco, Arbeloa, Herrera or Monreal and it still looks like a strong bunch. Anyone that gets cut from THAT squad will be considered controversial, even Koke or Itturaspe. They could just send two teams and both would meet in the final.

No Illarramendi either. Insane depth. Is there anyone else particularly noticeable missing? Isco's probably the biggest one but he is only young and he hasn't played that much lately has he?

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No Illarramendi either. Insane depth. Is there anyone else particularly noticeable missing? Isco's probably the biggest one but he is only young and he hasn't played that much lately has he?

Soldado maybe, but again he's been bad this season.

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Thought Ogbonna would get into it.

He was left out of both groups of players that performed the physical tests in April. Had little chance after that. I'm a little surprised, but he's paid the price for not playing enough.

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Ecuador have announced 24 men

Keepers: Maximo Banguera (Barcelona, Ecuador), Adrian Bone (El Nacional), Alexander Dominguez (Liga de Quito)

Verdedigers: Gabriel Achilier (Emelec), Walter Ayovi (Pachuca), Oscar Bagui (Emelec), Frickson Erazo (Flamengo), Jorge Guagua (Emelec), Juan Carlos Paredes (Barcelona, Ecuador), Cristian Ramirez (Fortuna Duesseldorf)

Middenvelders: Segundo Castillo (Al Hilal), Carlos Gruezo (Stuttgart), Renato Ibarra (Vitesse Arnhem), Fidel Martinez (Tijuana), Cristian Noboa (Dynamo Moscow), Pedro Quinonez (Emelec), Luis Saritama (Barcelona, Ecuador), Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)

Aanvallers: Jaime Ayovi (Tijuana), Felipe Caicedo (Al-Jazira), Jefferson Montero (Morelia), Joao Rojas (Cruz Azul), Enner Valencia (Pachuca), Armando Wila (Universidad Catolica)

Always enjoy watching Ecuador. Play good football and can surprise people.

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This is Italy's rumored 30-man squad apparently:
I'd cut Paletta, Romulo, Parolo, Giacherrini, Cassano, Cerci and probably Gilardino.

As for that Spain squad, aside from 4/5 relatively obvious players who'll get cut there remainder will be some headache :D

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Soldado maybe, but again he's been bad this season.

Does Arteta still count?

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No Arbeloa :cool::cool::cool::cool:

Brilliant decision to cut the little cancer. Watch him tweet some cryptic nonsense or complain that Diego López wasn't picked. I think Villa, Torres, Iturraspe, Moreno, Carvajal, Mata and Llorente will be cut, just a guess though.

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He was left out of both groups of players that performed the physical tests in April. Had little chance after that. I'm a little surprised, but he's paid the price for not playing enough.

Should have stayed at Torino.

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Tbf, I think most of the seven who will be cut are pretty obvious (to me at least, though I haven't watched much La Liga, so maybe there's some surprises in there).

Moreno, Iturraspe, Torres, Negredo or Llorente will surely go.

Then one from Azpilicueta and Dani Carvajal.

Not sure on the other two though. Maybe Cazorla + 1 other.

Azpilecueta can play both flanks so i'd guess he'll be kept and one or two of the specialists will be cut so either Carvajal or Juanfran and Moreno would be my guess.

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Azpilecueta can play both flanks so i'd guess he'll be kept and one or two of the specialists will be cut so either Carvajal or Juanfran and Moreno would be my guess.

Pretty sure that's how it'll go. Not sure if Azpilicueta will start (the right back is tough to decide) but I'm sure he'll go because of his versatility.

Is De Gea over Diego Lopez a surprise?

Nah, not really. Was always going to be one or the other but think most expected de Gea.

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Ivory Coast:

Boubacar Barry, Badra Ali Sangare, Mandé Sayouba, Sylvain Gbohouo

Serge Aurier, Sol Bamba, Akpa-Akpro, Arthur Boka, Ben Angoua, Brice Dja Djédjé, Constant Djakpa, Zokora, Kolo Touré, Ousmane Vieira

Yaya Toure, Serey Die, Cheick Tioté, Ismaël Diomande, Romaric, Didier Ya Konan.

Didier Drogba, Gervinho, Giovanni Sio, Lacina Traoré, Max Gradel, Salomon Kalou, Seydou Doumbia and Wilfried Bony

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Reina over Lopez is pretty iffy, though.

On ability yeah but Reina was always going to go because of his importance of the pitch. There's a bit of a divide between Diego López and Casillas at Real Madrid so I don't think it would have made much sense to take him, plus I don't even think he's been anywhere near as good as people say.

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Dark horses for what? To win it? No chance, if that's what you mean.

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Dark horses for what? To win it? No chance, if that's what you mean.

Yeah. That is what I mean but I doubt it too but a lot of countries will know they pose a threat against anyone. Defence is the weak point. Look forward to seeing Aurier though.

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Courtois, Mignolet, Casteels/Proto

Alderweireld, Vanden Borre, Ciman, Kompany, Van Buyten, Vermaelen, Lombaerts, Vertonghen

Witsel, Defour, Fellaini, Dembélé, Chadli, De Bruyne

Lukaku, Origi, E.Hazard, Mertens, Mirallas, Januzaj

Standby: Nainggolan, Pocognoli, T.Hazard, Gillet, Batshuayi, Van Damme

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I do like that team. Should win the group really.

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Divock Origi from Lille big surprise since he wasn't selected before. Debuted with the Belgian u21 about 1 month ago and will immediately be going to the World Cup as Benteke's replacement.

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Spain 30

Casillas, Reina, De Gea

Ramos, Pique, Albiol, Javi Martinez, Juanfran, Jordi Alba, Azpilicueta, Dani Carvajal, Moreno,

Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Iniesta, Koke, Busquets, Cazorla, Iturraspe, Fabregas, Thiago, Mata, Silva

Pedro, Jesus Navas, Diego Costa, Villa, Torres, Negredo, Llorente

Spain's best players (and Xavi :D)

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Yeah. That is what I mean but I doubt it too but a lot of countries will know they pose a threat against anyone. Defence is the weak point. Look forward to seeing Aurier though.

Had them as dark horses in the previous world cups. But today their golden generation is getting kinda old.

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Chile World Cup squad

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

Defenders: Gonzalo Jara (Nottingham Forest), Enzo Andía (Universidad Católica), José Rojas (Universidad de Chile), Marcos González (Unión Española), Gary Medel (Cardiff City), Mauricio Isla (Juventus), Eugenio Mena (Santos), Miiko Albornoz (Malmo)

Midfielders: Francisco Silva (Osasuna), Felipe Gutiérrez (Twente), José Pedro Fuenzalida (Colo Colo), Pablo Hernández (O’Higgins), Marcelo Díaz (Basel), Arturo Vidal (Juventus), Carlos Carmona (Atalanta), Charles Aránguiz (Internacional), Jean Beausejour (Wigan), Matías Fernández (Fiorentina), Jorge Valdivia (Palmeiras), Rodrigo Millar (Atlas)

Forwards: Esteban Paredes (Colo Colo), Gustavo Canales (Unión Española), Eduardo Vargas (Valencia), Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona), Fabián Orellana (Granada), Mauricio Pinilla (Cagliari)

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