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Posted by WorldCupBlog on 06/07/2010

The 23 men who will have the honor of wearing the Uruguay shirt in South Africa have been announced, and are preparing for the opener against the French. Striker Jorge Martinez was hoping to impress this summer ahead of a proposed move to Lazio but coach Oscar Tabarez has left him out of the Uruguay squad all together, relying on the in form Diego Forlan and Luis Suarez instead. Surprise call ups to the provisional squad for Jorge Rodriguez and Alvaro Gonzalez also ended in disappointment as both missed out on a final 23 place.

Goalkeepers:
Fernando Muslera (Lazio)
Juan Castillo (Deportivo Cali)
Martin Silva (Defensor Sporting)

Defenders:
Diego Lugano (Fenerbahce)
Diego Godin (Villarreal)
Andres Scotti (Colo Colo)
Mauricio Victorino (Universidad de Chile)
Martin Caceres (Juventus)
Jorge Fucile (Porto)
Maximiliano Pereira (Benfica)

Midfielders:
Sebastian Eguren (AIK Stockholm)
Alvaro Pereira (Porto)
Walter Gargano (Napoli)
Diego Perez (AS Monaco)
Alvaro Fernandez (Universidad de Chile)
Nicolas Lodeiro (Ajax)
Egidio Arevalo Rios (Penarol)
Ignacio Gonzalez (Valencia)

Forwards:
Luis Suarez (Ajax)
Diego Forlan (Atletico Madrid)
Sebastian Abreu (Botafogo)
Edinson Cavani (Palermo)
Sebastian Fernandez (Banfield)

Tabarez seems quietly confident about our preparations and is promosing a dedicated and tactful tournament from his team. "We have no injury concerns and everyone looks in good shape. Our aim is to do a good job at the World Cup and I have it very clear in my mind what we need to do." We start the tournament with a tough looking game against France on the opening day, after groupmates South Africa and Mexico kick the whole show off earlier on Friday.


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