Tuesday 15 May 2018, 22:24

Cavani, Suarez highlight preliminary Uruguay squad

  • Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez names a preliminary 26-man squad

  • Edinson Cavani and Luis Suarez among the star names

  • Final 23-man squad lists will be published by FIFA on 4 June

Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has named a preliminary squad of 26 players for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

Star strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani will once again be leading the line, while there were also call-ups for the likes of Nicolas Lodeiro, who plays his club football with USA’s Seattle Sounders.

Uruguay, two-time World Cup winners, will take on Egypt (15 June), Saudi Arabia (20 June) and hosts Russia (25 June) in Group A.

All squads are provisional until the final list of 23 players is announced by FIFA, following their submission by participating teams, on 4 June.

Uruguay Squad

Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray/Turkey), Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama/Brazil), Martin Campana (Independiente/Argentina)

Defenders: Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid/Spain), Sebastian Coates (Sporting CP/Portugal), Jose Maria Gimenez (Atletico Madrid/Spain), Maximiliano Pereira (Porto/Portugal), Gaston Silva (Independiente/Argentina), Martin Caceres (Lazio/Italy), Guillermo Varela (Penarol)

Midfielders: Nahitan Nandez (Boca Juniors/Argentina), Lucas Torreira (Sampdoria/Italy), Matias Vecino (Inter Milan/Italy), Federico Valverde (Real Madrid/Spain), Rodrigo Bentancur (Juventus/Italy), Carlos Sanchez (Monterrey/Mexico), Giorgian De Arrascaeta (Cruzeiro/Brazil), Diego Laxalt (Genoa/Italy), Cristian Rodriguez (Penarol), Jonathan Urretaviscaya (Monterrey/Mexico), Nicolas Lodeiro (Seattle Sounders/USA), Gaston Ramirez (Sampdoria/Italy)

Forwards: Cristhian Stuani (Girona/Spain), Maximiliano Gomez (Celta Vigo/Spain), Edinson Cavani (PSG/France), Luis Suarez (Barcelona/Spain)