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Chile call up uncapped players for World Cup qualifiers

2021 May 25, 12:17, Kathmandu
Chile team picture in match against Brazil in 2015

Blackburn Rovers forward Ben Brereton was among three uncapped players included in Chile's squad on Monday for FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Bolivia.

The 22-year-old represented England at youth level but is eligible to play for La Roja because of his Chilean-born mother.

He has scored seven times in 43 matches this season for Rovers, who play in English football's second tier.

Chile head coach Martin Lasarte also named newcomers Juan Leiva and Gabriel Castellon in his 30-man squad.

As expected, Alexis Sanchez and his Inter Milan teammate Arturo Vidal were both included, as was veteran goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, central defender Gary Medel, and left-back Jean Beausejour.

Chile will face Argentina in Santiago del Estero on June 3 and Bolivia in Santiago five days later.

La Roja is currently sixth in the South American qualifying group with four points from as many matches. The top four teams will qualify for next year's World Cup in Qatar while the fifth-ranked side advances to an inter-continental playoff.

Following is the Chile squad:

Goalkeepers: Claudio Bravo (Real Betis), Gabriel Arias (Racing), Gabriel Castellon (Huachipato)

Defenders: Gary Medel (Bologna), Mauricio Isla (Flamengo), Jean Beausejour (Coquimbo Unido), Eugenio Mena (Racing), Guillermo Maripan (Monaco), Sebastian Vegas (Monterrey), Enzo Roco (Fatih Karagumruk), Francisco Sierralta (Watford), Yonathan Andia (Universidad de Chile)

Midfielders: Arturo Vidal (Inter Milan), Charles Aranguiz (Bayer Leverkusen), Luis Jimenez (Palestino), Erick Pulgar (Fiorentina), Cesar Pinares (Gremio), Claudio Baeza (Toluca), Bryan Carrasco (Palestino), Pablo Galdames (Velez Sarsfield), Tomas Alarcon (O'Higgins), Juan Leiva (Universidad Catolica)

Forwards: Alexis Sanchez (Inter Milan), Eduardo Vargas (Atletico Mineiro), Fabian Orellano (Valladolid), Felipe Mora (Portland Timbers), Jean Menses (Leon), Carlos Palacios (Internacional), Clemente Montes (Universidad Catolica), Ben Brereton (Blackburn Rovers). 


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