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By ESPN Staff

Ecuador recall De la Cruz and Kaviedes

QUITO, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Defender Ulises de la Cruz and striker Ivan Kaviedes have been recalled by Ecuador for World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela and Brazil this month.

Central defender Ivan Hurtado, who has won 143 caps, was also included and is set to start his fifth World Cup qualifying campaign.

Hurtado, 33, played in the qualifying tournaments for the 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cups.

De la Cruz, who has 96 caps, was left out of last month's friendlies against El Salvador and Honduras after missing a game against Bolivia.

Coach Luis Fernando Suarez said he was waiting for an explanation from the Reading player as to why he had not turned up to face the Bolivians in a friendly in Quito.

Kaviedes, whose career has been punctuated by disciplinary problems, played and scored at the 2006 World Cup but was left out of the squad for this year's Copa America.

His return underlines Suarez's difficulties in finding a replacement for striker Agustin Delgado, who has announced his international retirement after spearheading the attack for the best part of a decade.

Both goalkeepers in the squad, Marcelo Elizaga and Javier Klimowicz, were born in Argentina and are naturalised.

Swiss-based striker Felipe Caicedo was the surprise exclusion.

Ecuador, attempting to qualify for their third successive World Cup, host Venezuela in Quito on Oct. 13 and visit Brazil in Rio de Janeiro four days later.

Goalkeepers: Marcelo Elizaga (Emelec), Javier Klimowicz (Deportivo Cuenca)

Defenders: Jairo Montano (Barcelona), Ulises de la Cruz (Reading), Giovanny Espinoza (Vitesse Arnhem), Ivan Hurtado (Atletico Nacional), Jorge Guagua (Emelec), Jose Aguirre (Emelec), Oscar Bagui (Olmedo), Jairo Campos (LDU)

Midfielders: Segundo Castillo (Red Star Belgrade), Luis Antonio Valencia (Wigan Athletic), Edison Mendez (PSV Eindhoven), Cristian Lara (LDU), Luis Caicedo (Olmedo), Patricio Urrutia (LDU), David Quiroz (El Nacional), Walter Ayovi (El Nacional)

Forwards: Carlos Tenorio (Al Sadd), Cristian Benitez (Santos Laguna), Felix Borja (Mainz), Joffre Guerron (LDU), Ivan Kaviedes (El Nacional)