Confirmed Switzerland World Cup Squad: Ex-Arsenal & Spurs players in, Fulham man on standby

Veteran coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has named his 23-man group for the World Cup, with an additional 6 players on standby.

Switzerland squad

Goalkeepers: Diego Benaglio (Wolfsburg/GER), Roman Buerki (Grasshopper), Yann Sommer (Basel)

Defenders: Johan Djourou (Hamburg/GER), Michael Lang (Grasshopper), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus/ITA), Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg), Fabian Schaer (Basel), Philippe Senderos (Valencia/ESP), Steve von Bergen (Young Boys), Reto Ziegler (Sassuolo/ITA)

Midfielders: Tranquillo Barnetta (Eintracht Frankfurt/GER), Valon Behrami (Napoli), Blerim Dzemaili (Napoli), Gelson Fernandes (Freiburg/GER), Goekhan Inler (Napoli), Xherdan Shaqiri (Bayern Munich/GER), Valentin Stocker (Basel)

Forwards: Josip Drmic (Nurnberg/GER), Mario Gavranovic (Zurich), Admir Mehmedi (Freiburg), Haris Seferovic (Real Sociedad/ESP), Granit Xhaka (Borussia Moenchengladbach/GER)

On standby:

Goalkeeper: Marwin Hitz (Augsburg/GER)

Defenders: Timm Klose (Wolfsburg), Silvan Widmer (Udinese/ITA)

Midfielders and forwards: Eren Derdiyok (Bayer Leverkusen/GER), Fabian Frei (Basel), Pajtim Kasami (Fulham/ENG), Pirmin Schwegler (Eintracht Frankfurt)

After qualifying confidently from their qualifying group, 7 points clear of the nearest challenger, the Swiss enjoyed the luxury of being selected as a seed for the drawing of the World Cup groups. It is very likely that any wave of confidence was dampened slightly when 1998 Champions France were pulled from the second pot, but Switzerland are still a much improved national side from their 1980s and 90s struggles.

With successful German boss Hitzfeld in his sixth and final year as manager, the central European country have emerged with a talented group of players capable of providing a test for most teams.

Though they have no current Premier League players in the squad, there are plenty with experience of playing in England, with former Arsenal duo Johan Djourou and Philippe Senderos chief among them. Ex Tottenham left back slash winger Reto Ziegler is also still on the scene, as are former West Ham midfielder Valon Behrami and former Manchester City man Gelson Fernandes. 

Since that wave of players broke through though, even better players have appeared for the Swiss, with Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri and soon-to-be Bayer Leverkusen striker Josip Drmic both being linked to some of the Premier League's big guns in recent weeks. Fulham youngster Pajtim Kasami, who scored a Van Basten-esque volley earlier in the season, is on standby.

They have two home friendlies before their opening World Cup game with Ecuador on June 15th.

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