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Wednesday, 8 May, 2002, 22:36 GMT 23:36 UK

Wanchope makes squad

Paulo Wanchope has been named in Costa Rica's World Cup squad after winning his fitness battle for the finals.

The Manchester City star - who has been out of action since February after undergoing a knee operation - was one of only four overseas players named in coach Alexandre Guimaraes' final 23.

Wanchope will carry the burden of Costa Rica's goalscoring responsibilities into the finals, where the Latin American minnows face Brazil, China and Turkey in Group C.

The other foreign-based players in Costa Rica's squad are Udinese's Winston Parks, Ofi-Crete's Ronald Gomez and Brescia's Gilberto Martinez.

Ageing striker Hernan Medford, a veteran of the Costa Rica side which reached the second phase of the World Cup in 1990, was also included.


Costa Rica World Cup squad:

Goalkeepers: Erick Lonnis (Saprissa), Alvaro Mesen (Alajuela), Lester Morgan

Defenders: Carlos Castro (Alajuela), Harold Wallace (Alajuela), Mauricio Wright (Heredia), Juan Jose Rodriguez (San Carlos), Daniel Vallejo (Heredia), Reynaldo Parks (Saprissa), Jervis Drummond (Saprissa), Gilberto Martinez (Brescia/Ita), Luis Marin (Alajuela)

Midfielders: Wilmer Lopez (Alajuela), Mauricio Solis (Alajuela), Walter Centeno (Saprissa), Rodrigo Cordero (Heredia), Rolando Fonseca (Alajuela)

Forwards: William Sunsing (Heredia), Ronald Gomez (Ofi-Crete/Gre), Winston Parks (Udinese/Ita), Paulo Cesar Wanchope (Manchester City/Eng), Steven Bryce (Alajuela), Hernan Medford (Saprissa)


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