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Costa Rica World Cup 2022 squad: Who's in and who's out?

04:00 WAT 27/11/2022
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Luis Fernando Suarez announced Costa Rica's World Cup squad on November 3.

Costa Rica will be making their sixth World Cup appearance in Qatar.

They achieved their best performance in 2014 when they made it to the quarter-finals, where Netherlands proved to be too strong after penalties.

However, they failed to get past the group stage at Russia 2018 and now face an uphill task to progress this time around as well after being dealt arguably the most difficult draw possible.

In Group E, along with 2010 winners Spain, four-time champions Germany and Asian powerhouse Japan, Costa Rica will need everything to go their way if they are to cause any upsets.

Below is the final 26-man list that has been picked for Qatar.

  • navas costa rica

    GOALKEEPERS

    Keylor Navas, even at 35, is one of the first names that comes to mind when talking Los Ticos and the PSG man remains a fantastic option between the sticks.

    Esteban Alvarado and Patrick Sequeira will provide capable back-up to Navas.

    Name

    Club

    Esteban Alvarado

    Herediano

    Patrick Sequeira

    Lugo

    Keylor Navas

    Paris Saint-Germain

  • Kendall Watson Costa Rica Suiza 27062018

    DEFENDERS

    Juan Pablo Vargas, Oscar Duarte and Francisco Calvo are Costa Rica's usual suspects at centre-back.

    Meanwhile, Keysher Fuller, Carlos Martinez, Bryan Oviedo and Kendall Waston are the set full-back options.

    Name

    Club

    Juan Pablo Vargas

    Millonarios

    Keysher Fuller

    Herediano

    Oscar Duarte

    Al-Wehda

    Bryan Oviedo

    Real Salt Lak

    Francisco Calvo

    Konyaspor

    Kendall Waston

    Deportivo Saprissa

    Carlos Martinez

    San Carlos

    Ronald Matarrita

    Cincinnati

    Daniel Chacon

    Colorado Rapids

  • Celso Borges

    MIDFIELDERS

    Costa Rica have a lot of experience in the centre of the park.

    Celso Borges has over 150 international caps and Bryan Ruiz is also nearing that mark, sharing the playmaker responsibilities with Brandon Aguilera and Daniel Chacon.

    Gerson Torres, Douglas Lopez and Jewison Bennette and Aaron Suarez generally play out wide.

    It will be Yeltsin Tejeda's third World Cup.

    Name

    Club

    Celso Borges

    Alajuelense

    Jewison Bennette

    Sunderland

    Bryan Ruiz

    Alajuelense

    Anthony Hernandez

    Puntarenas

    Douglas Lopez

    Santos de Guapile

    Gerson Torres

    Herediano

    Roan Wilson

    Grecia

    Alvaro Zamora

    Deportivo Saprissa

    Brandon Aguilera

    AD Guanacasteca

    Yeltsin Tejeda

    Herediano

    Youstin Salas

    Saprissa
  • Joel Campbell Costa Rica 2022

    ATTACKERS

    Johan Venegas is Costa Rica's go-to man up front, besides Anthony Contreras and former Arsenal forward Joel Campbell.

    Name

    Club

    Anthony Contreras

    Herediano

    Johan Venegas

    Alajuelense

    Joel Campbell

    Leon

  • STRONGEST XI

    Navas will start in goal.

    Waston will likely start at right full-back, with Oviedo at left full-back and Duarte and Calvo starting through the middle.

    The midfield will be kept compact by Borges, with Ruiz offering some creativity through the middle.

    Fuller and Bennette can cause problems on the wings, with Venegas joining Campbell up front.

    Costa Rica XI (4-4-2): Navas; Watson, Duarte, Calvo, Oviedo; Fuller, Borges, Ruiz, Bennette; Venegas, Campbell