Confirmed preliminary Greece World Cup squad: £12m Fulham flop selected

Kostas Mitroglou Greece

Greece have named their preliminary 30-man squad that will travel to Brazil for the World Cup this summer - including Fulham flop Kostas Mitroglou.

Greece made it to Brazil after defeating Romania in the playoffs, but as ever, there are few people backing Fernando Santos' men to impress despite them winning that remarkable Euro 2004 tournament. It seems we always underestimate the Greeks, who may not be the most expansive of teams but work hard and defend superbly.

The main name in their preliminary 30-man squad for the World Cup is Fulham flop Kostas Mitroglou. The former Olympiacos man joined the Cottagers for a club record £12m in January, with the West London side hoping he would fire the goals to keep them in the Premier League.

However, the 26-year-old has struggled with form and fitness, yet Santos believes Mitroglou is one of their top strikers and will seemingly take him to Brazil this summer.

There are other familiar faces in the squad, including Mitroglou's Fulham team mate Giorgos Karagounis, Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Celtic forward Giorgios Samaras, as Greece look to get out of Group C alongside Japan, Colombia and Ivory Coast.

Goalkeepers: Alexandros Tzorvas (Apollon Smyrnis), Michalis Sifakis (Atromitos), Orestis Karnezis (Granada), Panaglotis Glykos (PAOK), Stefanos Kapino (Panathinaikos).

Defenders: Avraam Papadopoulos, Dimitris Siovas, Kostas Manolas, Giannis Maniatis, Jose Holebas (all Olympiakos), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund), Giorgios Tzavellas (PAOK), Loukas Vyntra (Levante), Vasilis Torosidis (Roma).

Midfielders: Alexandros Tziolis (Kayserispor), Andreas Samaris (Olympiakos), Kostas Katsouranis (PAOK), Giorgos Karagounis (Fulham), Panagiotis Tachtsidis (Torino), Sotiris Ninis (PAOK), Ioannis Fetfatzidis (Genoa), Kostas Fortounis (Kaiserslautern), Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (Bologna) Panagiotis Kone (Bologna).

Forwards: Dimitris Papadopoulos (Atromitos), Dimitris Salpingidis (PAOK), Giorgios Samaras (Celtic), Konstantinos Mitroglou (Fulham), Theofanis Gekas (Konyaspor).

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