Bosnia pick two strikers in World Cup squad

Entering their first ever World Cup as an independent nation, Bosnia have released a 23-man squad to take to Brazil in the summer

Bosnia-Herzegovina will be reliant on Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic as their only strike options at next month's World Cup as they announce their squad for the competition.

The two front men started every one of Bosnia's 10 qualifying matches as Safet Susic's men reached their first ever finals as an independent nation by topping Group G on goal difference ahead of Greece.

The squad was cut from an initial 24 - owing to an injury concern over Mensur Mujdza, who made the panel at the expense of Gent's Ervin Zukanovic - on June 2.

Two men who were always sure to be included in the final party are Dzeko and Ibisevic, who will spearhead the Bosnian attack after scoring 18 times in qualifying between them, while Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic will be a key member at the other end of the field.

Susic discussed the inclusion of Ferencvaros' Muhamed Besic, praising the defender's performances for his club side.

"He is the only player who can stop Lionel Messi," he is quoted as saying by Klix. "I have had no problems with him, he's playing wonderfully in Hungary.

"He's a good guy and I think he has a bright future when it comes to the team.

"Our goal is to pass into the second round. Whether we realise it, that's another thing. I do not believe that Nigeria and Iran are a better team at the moment. I hope we can be among the top 16."

Bosnia drawn against Argentina, Iran and Nigeria in Group F in Brazil.

Squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Asmir Avdukic (Borac Banja Luka), Asmir Begovic (Stoke City), Jasmin Fezjic (Aalen).

Defenders: Muhamed Besic (Ferencvaros), Ermin Bicakcic (Eintracht Braunschweig), Sead Kolasinac (Schalke), Emir Spahic (Bayer Leverkusen), Toni Sunjic (Zorya), Ognjen Vranjes (Elazigspor).

Midifelders: Anel Hadzic (Sturm Graz), Izet Hajrovic (Galatasaray), Senijad Ibricic (Erciyespor), Senad Lulic (Lazio), Haris Medunjanin (Gaziantepspor), Zvjezdan Misimovic (Guizhou Renhe), Mensur Mujdza (Freiburg), Miralem Pjanic (Roma), Sejad Salihovic (Hoffenheim), Tino Susic (Hajduk Split), Edin Visca (Istanbul BB), Avdija Vrsajevic (Hajduk Split).

Forwards: Edin Dzeko (Manchester City), Vedad Ibisevic (Stuttgart).