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No Avraam in Greece squad

Athens: Olympiakos Piraeus centre-back Avraam Papadopoulos was among the leading players cut from Greece’s World Cup squad as coach Fernando Santos named his final group of 23 players on Monday.

The 29-year-old was omitted with 32-year-old Evangelos Moras of Hellas Verona taking his defensive spot at the Brazil finals.

Goalkeeper Alexandros Tzorvas was also a surprising cut from the provisional squad with PAOK’s Panagiotis Glykos chosen instead.

The squad

Goalkeepers: Orestis Karnezis, Panaglotis Glykos, Stefanos Kapino; Defenders: Kostas Manolas, Giannis Maniatis, Jose Holebas, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Giorgios Tzavellas, Loukas Vyntra, Vasilis Torosidis, Vangelis Moras; Midfielders: Alexandros Tziolis, Andreas Samaris, Kostas Katsouranis, Giorgos Karagounis, Panagiotis Tachtsidis, Ioannis Fetfatzidis, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos, Panagiotis Kone; Forwards: Dimitris Salpingidis, Giorgios Samaras, Konstantinos Mitroglou, Theofanis Gekas