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Friday, 24 May, 2002, 11:40 GMT 12:40 UK
Squad rules explained
Roberto Bonano of Argentina
Bonano: The only "number 24" at the World Cup
With the passing of last Tuesday's Fifa deadline, the official squads for all the 32 teams competing in the 2002 World Cup have now been named.

The squads are made up of 23 players, the only exception being the Republic of Ireland, who have 22.

That is because Roy Keane was sent home after a row with coach Mick McCarthy and Fifa rules state that players can only replaced after the deadline if they are ruled out of the tournament through injury.

Therefore, England were able to call up Trevor Sinclair to replace Danny Murphy after the latter broke his foot.

The squad list is the largest ever for a World Cup finals after Fifa decided to increase squads by one player from 22 to 23.

This was to allow teams to name three goalkeepers, plus cover for each outfield player.

In another unprecedented move, Fifa has allowed Argentina dispensation to drop the number 10 from their squad.

The Argentines wanted to "retire" the shirt worn by their former captain Diego Maradona, so reserve goalkeeper Roberto Bonano will wear a jersey numbered 24.


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