England-based duo Roque Santa Cruz and Paulo Da Silva have been included in Paraguay's 23-man 2010 FIFA World Cup™ squad.
Paraguay coach Gerardo Martino announced today that Manchester City striker Santa Cruz and Sunderland defender Da Silva are part of the squad after reducing the 30-man initial party to the official 23 which will travel to South Africa.
Martino told reporters that it was not an easy choice to make. "Building the list is always hard, because you feel you are taking out a very important part of each player," he said. "Some of the players already knew in their heart that they were going to be excluded. Some others didn't."
Argentina-based quartet Eduardo Ledesma (Lanus), Marcos Caceres (Racing Club), Marcelo Estigarribia and Jorge Achucarro (both Newell's Old Boys) have been cut from the squad, as have Libertad midfielder Sergio Aquino, Osvaldo Martinez of Mexican club Monterrey and Olimpia defender Julio Manzur.