“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
Keylor Navas (PSG, FRA)Esteban Alvarado (Herediano, CRI)Patrick Sequeira (Lugo, SPA)
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)
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)
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
11:00 am ET Spain vs Costa Rica
5:00 am ET Japan vs Costa Rica
2:00 pm ET Costa Rica vs Germany