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Costa Rica head to World Cup with veterans of 2014

IANS  |  San Jose 

The squad to represent in witnessed very few changes from the unit that reached the quarter-finals of the 2014 tournament in

"There are players with characteristics for certain moments. The coming friendly matches will be tough and that will be the way to bring the lads toward the intensity we need," told the media on Monday, reports

The core of the roster is the starting 11 from 2014: Keylor Navas; defenders Oscar Duarte, Johnny Acosta, and Cristian Gamboa; midfielders Yeltsin Tejeda, Christian Bolaños, and Bryan Ruiz, and forwards and Marco Ureña.

will compete in Group E against five-time champions Brazil, and

Ramirez said he expects the 2018 World Cup, set to begin a month from now in Russia, to be a competition "of much dynamism".

He pointed to Spain, defending champions Germany, France, and as the pre-tournament favourites.


Goalkeepers: (Real Madrid), and

Defenders: (Celtic), Ian Smith (Norrköping), (New York City-FC), Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland), (Espanyol), (Bologna), (Minnesota United), (Vancouver) and (Aguilas Doradas).

Midfielders: (Portland), (Lausanne), (Deportivo A Coruña), Randall Azofeifa (Herediano), (New York City-FC), (Sporting) and Christian Bolaños (Saprissa).

Forwards: Daniel Colindres (Saprissa), Johan Venegas (Saprissa), (Betis) and Marco Ureña (Los Angeles FC).



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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 13:46 IST