World Cup 2010: Paraguay Squad - Lucas Barrios Makes Gerardo Martino’s Final 23

Barrios on his way to South Africa…
Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino confirmed his final 23-man squad for the World Cup this evening, and Argentinian-born Lucas Barrios will be delighted to have made the cut.

The Dortmund striker, who only declared for Paraguay last month, scored on his debut last week against Republic Of Ireland before making it two in two against Ivory Coast last night.

Despite his initial heroics, Barrios is expected to start on the bench this summer with Roque Santa Cruz likely to partner Nelson Valdez in attack.

Monterrey midfielder Osvaldo Martinez will probably be the most disappointed of the names left out by Martino but there were no major surprises.

Paraguay have been drawn in Group F alongside New Zealand, Slovakia and Italy.


Goalkeepers  
Justo Villar Valladolid (ESP)
Aldo Bobadilla Deportivo Medellin (COL)
Diego Barreto Cerro Porteno
Defenders  
Claudio Morel Rodriguez Boca Juniors (ARG)
Denis Caniza Leon (MEX)
Paulo da Silva Sunderland (ENG)
Dario Veron Pumas (MEX)
Julio Cesar Caceres Atletico Mineiro (BRA)
Carlos Bonet Olimpia
Aureliano Torres San Lorenzo (ARG)
Antolin Alcaraz Wigan Athletic (ENG)
Midfielders  
Edgar Barreto Atalanta (ITA)
Cristian Riveros Sunderland (ENG)
Victor Caceres Libertad
Enrique Vera Liga De Quito (ECU)
Jonathan Santana Wolfsburg (GER)
Nestor Ortigoza Argentinos Juniors (ARG)
Forwards  
Roque Santa Cruz Manchester City (ENG)
Nelson Haedo Valdez Borussia Dortmund (GER)
Oscar Cardozo Benfica (POR)
Edgar Benitez Pachuca (MEX)
Lucas Barrios Borussia Dortmund (GER)
Rodolfo Gamarra Libertad