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Qatar World Cup 2022: Costa Rica national team roster | Selected players and omissions

“We’ve been together for 12 years, especially the captains. We are trying to lead our group which is very strong and this strength will make us keep on qualifying for World Cups,” Costa Rica captain Bryan Ruiz said to the media on Tuesday, feeling confident the Central Americans will more than make up the numbers at their third straight World Cup and take inspiration from their historic 2014 campaign, having learnt from a disappointing outing in Russia.

“For us as a squad, our first experience was when we qualified for Brazil 2014. We almost didn’t make it… What we did was to come together in unity so strongly that we all worked together and managed to qualify for at World Cup.

“We are in this together until the end. So in Brazil we achieved great things. There were things that we could have done differently and better (in Russia). But our team is very strong… The mentality has changed, we stopped thinking small and now we dream big.”

Costa Rica’s complete roster for the 2022 World Cup

Goalkeepers

Keylor Navas (PSG, FRA)Esteban Alvarado (Herediano, CRI)Patrick Sequeira (Lugo, SPA)

Defenders

Francisco Calvo (Konyaspor, TUR)Juan Pablo Vargas (Millonarios, COL)Kendall Waston (Saprissa, CRI)Óscar Duarte (AL-Wehda, KSA)Daniel Chacón (Colorado Rapids, USA)Keysher Fuller (Herediano, CRI)Carlos Martínez (San Carlos, CRI)Bryan Oviedo (Real Salt Lake, USA)Ronald Matarrita (Cincinnati FC, USA)

Midfielders

Yeltsin Tejeda (Herediano, CRI)Celso Borges (Alajuelense, CRI)Bryan Ruiz (Alajuelense, CRI)Youstin Salas (Saprissa, CRI)Roan Wilson (Grecia, CRI)Gerson Torres (Herediano, CRI)Douglas López (Herediano, CRI)Jewison Bennette (Sunderland, ENG)Álvaro Zamora (Saprissa, CRI)Anthony Hernández (Puntarenas, CRI)Brandon Aguilera (Nottingham Forest, ENG)

Forwards

Joel Campbell (León, MEX)Anthony Contreras (Herediano, CRI)Johan Venegas (Alajuelense, CRI)

Costa Rica’s schedule and group in the 2022 World Cup

Group E: Spain, Germany, Costa Rica, Japan

November 23

11:00 am ET Spain vs Costa Rica

November 27

5:00 am ET Japan vs Costa Rica

December 1st

2:00 pm ET Costa Rica vs Germany

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