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Hitzfeld opts for Switzerland's tried and trusted

Published: Tuesday 13 May 2014, 13.44CET
Switzerland's Ottmar Hitzfeld has named "established players who were with us throughout qualifying" in his squad for the finals, omitting Pirmin Schwegler and Fabian Frei.
Hitzfeld opts for Switzerland's tried and trusted
Ottmar Hitzfeld guided Switzerland to Brazil as qualifying Group E winners ©AFP/Getty Images

Published: Tuesday 13 May 2014, 13.44CET

Hitzfeld opts for Switzerland's tried and trusted

Switzerland's Ottmar Hitzfeld has named "established players who were with us throughout qualifying" in his squad for the finals, omitting Pirmin Schwegler and Fabian Frei.

Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has selected an experienced squad for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup, picking ten players he took to the 2010 finals in South Africa.

Hitzfeld, preparing for his last tournament before retirement, has named a 23-strong party with a combined total of 707 international appearances, including Valencia CF defender Philippe Senderos (52 caps), Juventus full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner (61) and SSC Napoli midfielder Gökhan Inler (71). Nine of those who will travel to Brazil ply their trade in the German Bundesliga.

Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Pirmin Schwegler, who has struggled with injury in recent months, and FC Basel 1893's Fabian Frei were omitted. "Some of the decisions were difficult, but I picked established players who were with us throughout the entire qualification campaign," Hitzfeld, in charge since summer 2008, said.

"We have a good platform to be successful, as this is a strong team. I have a lot of faith in my players, but we can't afford any more injuries," he added, alluding to fitness worries over Xherdan Shaqiri, Diego Benaglio and Tranquillo Barnetta.

Switzerland will prepare for the World Cup with friendlies against Jamaica (30 May) and Peru (3 June). The Nati open their tournament in Brasilia against Ecuador on 15 June before taking on France (20 June) and Honduras (25 June) in their other Group E fixtures.

Goalkeepers: Diego Benaglio (VfL Wolfsburg), Roman Bürki (Grasshopper Club), Yann Sommer (FC Basel 1893).

Defenders: Johan Djourou (Hamburger SV), Michael Lang (Grasshopper Club), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Ricardo Rodríguez (VfL Wolfsburg), Fabian Schär (FC Basel 1893), Philippe Senderos (Valencia CF), Steve von Bergen (BSC Young Boys), Reto Ziegler (US Sassuolo Calcio).

Midfielders: Tranquillo Barnetta (Eintracht Frankfurt), Valon Behrami (SSC Napoli), Blerim Džemaili (SSC Napoli), Gelson Fernandes (SC Freiburg), Gökhan Inler (SSC Napoli), Xherdan Shaqiri (FC Bayern München), Valentin Stocker (FC Basel 1893), Granit Xhaka (VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach).

Forwards: Josip Drmić (1. FC Nürnberg), Mario Gavranović (FC Zürich), Admir Mehmedi (SC Freiburg), Haris Seferović (Real Sociedad de Fútbol).

Last updated: 13/05/14 15.15CET

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