Uruguay announce provisional 25-man World Cup squad

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Uruguay head coach Oscar Tabarez has today named his provisional 25-man squad for this summer's World Cup in Brazil, which features four Premier League players including Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.

The recently-crowned PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers' Player of the Year is joined by Anfield team-mate Sebastian Coates, while Southampton's Gaston Ramirez and West Brom's Diego Lugano also made the initial cut.

Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan, and Paris Saint-Germain's in-demand star Edinson Cavani have been included in a fearsome forward line that also boasts Palermo forward Abel Hernandez who will make his first appearance at a World Cup.

Uruguay were surprise semi-finalists in South Africa four years ago and will be hoping to emulate that impressive run to the knockout stages in South America this year, but first must navigate their way out of Group D which includes Italy, England and Costa Rica.

Tabarez also named three players on stand-by, but none of those will link up and train with the 25-man squad unless there are any withdrawals before the June 2 deadline.

A full breakdown of Uruguay's provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup:

Goalkeepers: Fernando Muslera (Galatasaray), Martin Silva (Vasco da Gama), Rodrigo Munoz (Libertad)

Defenders: Maximiliano Pereira (Benfica), Diego Lugano (West Bromwich Albion), Diego Godin, Jose Maria Gimenez (both Atletico Madrid), Sebastian Coates (Nacional), Martin Caceres (Juventus), Jorge Fucile (Porto)

Midfielders: Alejandro Silva (Lanus), Alvaro Gonzalez (Lazio), Alvaro Pereira (Sao Paulo), Walter Gargano (Parma), Egidio Arevalo Rios (Morelia), Diego Perez (Bologna), Sebastian Eguren (Palmeiras), Cristian Rodriguez (Atletico Madrid), Gaston Ramirez (Southampton), Nicolas Lodeiro (Botafogo)

Forwards: Luis Suarez (Liverpool), Edinson Cavani (Paris St Germain), Abel Hernandez (Palermo), Diego Forlan (Cerezo Osaka), Christian Stuani (Espanyol)

Stand-by: Andres Scotti (Nacional), Alvaro Fernandez (Gimnasia La Plata), Gonzalo Castro (Real Sociedad)

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