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Greece name Fotakis in squad for qualifiers

Greece coach Otto Rehhagel has handed Giorgos Fotakis his first international call-up for next month's World Cup qualifiers away to Switzerland and Moldova.

The 27-year-old PAOK midfielder has been brought in as cover for the injured Giorgos Karagounis, who has been included in the 22-man group but is not expected to be fit until the Moldova match on September 9. They play the Swiss four days earlier.

"I'm delighted to be a part of the national team family and I would like to thank Mr Rehhagel for giving me this opportunity," Fotakis said.

"I will try to help the team with all my abilities in the two crucial games against Switzerland and Moldova. Our target is to take positive results to qualify for the World Cup."

Rehhagel has resisted tinkering further with his squad, with the only key absentees Giourkas Seitaridis, who has yet to find a club since being released from his Atletico Madrid contract in May, and injured Olympiakos Piraeus defender Vassilis Torosidis.

Greece top European qualifying Group Two with 13 points, ahead of Switzerland on goal difference after six matches, while Latvia lie third with 10 points.

Goalkeepers: Kostas Chalkias (PAOK), Alexandros Tzorvas (Panathinaikos) Michalis Sifakis (Aris Salonika).

Defenders: Loukas Vintra (Panathinaikos), Christos Patsatzoglou (Omonia Nicosia), Evangelos Moras (Bologna), Avraam Papadopoulos (Olympiakos Piraeus), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Genoa), Sotiris Kyrgiakos (Liverpool).

Midfielders: Kostas Katsouranis (Panathinaikos), Alexandros Tziolis (Werder Bremen), Giorgos Karagounis (Panathinaikos), Grigoris Makos (AEK Athens), Giorgos Fotakis (PAOK), Sotiris Ninis (Panathinaikos), Vassilis Pliatsikas (Schalke 04).

Forwards: Dimitris Salpigidis (Panathinaikos), Angelos Charisteas (Nuremberg), Nikos Liberopoulos (Eintracht Frankfurt), Theofanis Gekas (Bayer Leverkusen), Ioannis Amanatidis (Eintracht Frankfurt), Giorgos Samaras (Celtic)


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