Finland without star duo for Armenia qualifier

November 9, 2006

HELSINKI, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Finland coach Roy Hodgson named a 22-man squad on Thursday for Euro 2008 qualifying round game against Armenia on next week in Helsinki.

The squad is without the experienced midfielders, the long-time national team captain Jari Litmanen and Aki Riihilahti as both are injured. Injured Birmingham City forward Mikael Forssell is also out.

After four games, Finland lies second behind Serbia in the group with eight points. Armenia have one point from three games.

Goalkeepers: Jussi Jaaskelainen (Bolton Wanderers), Mikko Kaven (Tampere United), Peter Enckelman (Blackburn Rovers)

Defenders: Petri Pasanen (Werder Bremen), Sami Hyypia (Liverpool), Juha Pasoja (Ham-Kam), Hannu Tihinen (Zurich), Toni Kallio (Molde), Jari Ilola (Elfsborg), Toni Kuivasto (Djurgarden), Ari Nyman (Inter Turku)

Midfielders: Mika Vayrynen (PSV Eindhoven), Mika Nurmela (HJK Helsinki), Joonas Kolkka (Feyenoord), Alexei Eremenko (Saturn Moskovskaya Oblast), Markus Heikkinen (Luton Town), Pekka Lagerblom (Cologne), Peter Kopteff (Utrecht), Jarkko Wiss (Tampere United)

Strikers: Shefki Kuqi (Crystal Palace), Jonatan Johansson (Malmo), Daniel Sjolund (Djurgarden)