No surprises in Ghana's provisional World Cup squad

Asamoah Gyan, Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari all feature in the Black Stars' 26-strong panel, which will be reduced to 23 after the May 31 meeting with Netherlands

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has named his provisional squad for this summer's World Cup campaign in Brazil.

There are no big surprises in the 26-strong panel, as old guards Asamoah Gyan, Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari all made the cut, while Stephen Adams is the only home-based player included.

However, German-born Ghanaian Jeffrey Schlupp of Leicester City and Helsingborg striker David Accam have both been afforded opportunties to impress Appiah before he whittles his squad down to 23 after the May 31 friendly against Netherlands.

The Black Stars have been paired in the same group with USA, Germany and Portugal.

Ghana's 26-man provisional World Cup squad:

Goalkeepers:Adam Kwarasey, Fatau Dauda, Stephen Adams.

Defenders: Samuel Inkoom, Daniel Opare, Harrison Afful, Jeffrey Schulp, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Jerry Akaminko, Rashid Sumaila.

Midfielders: Michael Essien, Rabiu Mohammed, Agyemang Badu, Kwadwo Asamoah, Sulley Muntari, Albert Adomah, Wakaso Mubarak, Christian Atsu, David Accam, Andre Ayew, Afriyie Acquah.

Strikers: Asamoah Gyan, Kevin Prince Boateng, Abdul Majeed Waris, Jordan Ayew.