With the 2014 World Cup just around the corner, the national teams are beginning to narrow down their squads to determine who will be in the final 23-man squads as well as who’ll be in the provisional 30-man teams that will eventually be reduced to 23.
Honduras are one of the first teams to announce their 23-man squad for the World Cup (see below), while Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Netherlands, Brazil and Nigeria have named their provisional squads.
Among the 23-man squad for Honduras, head coach Luis Fernando Suarez is bringing six British-based players including players from Celtic, Rangers, Hull, Stoke and Wigan. The team will be heading to the United States to play three friendlies against Turkey, Israel and England. Honduras is placed in Group E along with Switzerland, Ecuador and France.
The Honduras 23-man squad that will be available to play in Brazil features:
Goalkeepers: Noel Valladares, Donis Escober (both Olimpia), Luis Lopez (Real Espana).
Defenders: Brayan Beckeles (Olimpia), Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic/Scotland), Juan Carlos Garcia (Wigan/England), Maynor Figueroa (Hull City/England), Victor Bernardez (San Jose Earthquakes/USA), Osman Chavez (Qingdao Janoon/China PR), Juan Pablo Montes (Motagua).
Midfielders: Arnold Peralta (Rangers/Scotland), Luis Garrido (Olimpia), Roger Espinoza (Wigan/England), Jorge Claros (Motagua), Wilson Palacios (Stoke/England), Oscar Garcia (Houston Dynamo/USA), Andy Najar (Anderlecht/Belgium), Mario Martinez (Real Espana), Marvin Chavez (Colorado Rapids/USA).
Forwards: Jerry Bengtson (New England Revolution/USA), Jerry Palacios (Alajuelense/Costa Rica), Carlo Costly (Real Espana), Rony Martinez (Real Sociedad/Spain).
Meanwhile, several teams have announced their preliminary rosters for the World Cup, including host country Brazil.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Similarly Bosnia and Herzegovina head coach Safet Susic has included a few players from English teams Stoke City and Manchester City. Surprisingly Susic included his nephew in the squad who is most likely in the line-up as a placeholder for right-back Mensur Mujdza as long as he recovers in time to be registered by FIFA on June 2nd. Bosnia and Herzegovina is in Group F with Argentina, Iran and Nigeria.
The 24 members of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national squad are:
Goalkeepers: Asmir Begovic (Stoke City), Jasmin Fejzic (Aalen), Asmir Avdukic (Borac Banja Luka).
Defenders: Emir Spahic (Bayer Leverkusen), Sead Kolasinac (Schalke), Ermin Bicakcic (Eintracht Braunschweig), Ognjen Vranjes (Elazigspor), Toni Sunjic (Zorya Lugansk), Avdija Vrsajevic (Hajduk Split), Mensur Mujdza (Freiburg), Ervin Zukanovic (Gent).
Midfielders: Zvjezdan Misimovic (Guizhou Renhe), Haris Medunjanin (Gaziantepspor), Miralem Pjanic (Roma), Sejad Salihovic (Hoffenheim), Senad Lulic (Lazio), Izet Hajrovic (Galatasaray), Senijad Ibricic (Erciyesspor), Edin Visca (Istanbul BB), Tino Susic (Hajduk Split), Muhamed Besic (Ferencvaros), Anel Hadzic (Sturm Graz).