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Ramirez selects Costa Rica Copa America Centenario squad

Costa Rica coach Oscar Ramirez has announced his 23-man squad that will represent the country at the 2016 Copa America Centenario.

La Sele have been placed in a very strong Group A alongside hosts United States, Colombia and Paraguay, and they face an uphill task in an attempt to reach the knockout stages.

Head coach Oscar Ramirez today unveiled his final roster for the tournament that will be held from 3 June to 26 June in the United States.

Star players Keylor Navas, Joel Campbell, Bryan Oviedo, Bryan Ruiz and Celso Borges are all included, but goalkeeper Leonel Moreira has been overlooked.

Alajuelense full-back Jose Andres Salvatierra Lopez is the biggest surprise on the roster, while Marcos Urena and Michael Umana both return. Pablo Salazar and Johnny Woodly will remain with the squad, ready to deputise if needed.

Costa Rica have been quite impressive in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, and they lead Group B three points clear of Jamaica.

Costa Rica Copa America squad:

Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas (Real Madrid), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense), Esteban Alvarado (Trabzonspor);

Defenders: Cristian Gamboa (West Bromwich), José Andrés Salvatierra (Alajuelense), Kendall Waston (Vancouver Whitecaps), Michael Umaña (Persepolis), Johnny Acosta (Alajuelense), Óscar Duarte (Espanyol), Rónald Matarrita (New York City FC), Bryan Oviedo (Everton), Francisco Calvo (Saprissa);

Midfielders: Yeltsin Tejeda (Evian), Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruna), Esteban Granados (Herediano), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting CP), Randall Azofeifa (Herediano), Cristhian Bolaños (Vancouver Whitecaps), Joel Campbell (Arsenal), Johan Venegas (Montreal Impact);

Forwards: Marcos Ureña (Midtjylland), Ariel Rodríguez (Bangkok Glass), Álvaro Saborío (DC United).

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