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Ivory Coast Announce World Cup Squad

Ivory Coast coach, Sabri Lamouchi, has announced his 28-man provisional World Cup squad on Tuesday.

The Elephants have qualified for three consecutive World Cups, but failed to progress past the group stage in 2006 and 2010.

They are currently ranked as best African country, holding the 21st position in the FIFA world ranking.

Ivory Coast finished the World Cup qualification unbeaten on top of their group and advanced through the playoff by beating Senegal 4-2 on aggregate.

In Brazil, they are the favourites to make it out of Group C with Japan, Colombia and Greece.

Here the full provisional squad, which will need to be cut down to 23 by June 2:

Goalkeepers:

Copa Barry (Lokeren), Gbohouo Sylvain (Sewe Sport), Sayouba Mandé (Stabaek), Badra Ali (ASEC Mimosas).

Defenders:

Kolo Touré (Liverpool), Bamba Souleyman (Trabzonspor), Jean Daniel Akpa Akpro (Toulouse), Arthur Boka (Stuttgart), Serge Aurier (Toulouse), Brice Dja Djédjé (Marseille), Didier Zokora (Trabzonspor), Benjamin Angoua Brou (Valenciennes), Ousman Vieira (Caykur Rizespor).

Midfielders:

Cheick Tioté (Newcastle), Yaya Touré (Manchester City), Romaric (Bastia), Max-Alain Gradel (St Etienne), Ismaël Diomandé (St Etienne), Didier Ya Konan (Hannover 96), Constant Djakpa (Eintracht Frankfurt), Geoffroy Serey Dié (Basel).

Strikers:

Wilfried Bony (Swansea), Didier Drogba (Galatasaray), Gervinho (Roma), Giovanni Sio (Basel), Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow), Lacina Traoré (Monaco), Salomon Kalou (Lille).

The most notable omission is former Arsenal star, Emmanuel Eboue.

How far can the Ivory Coast go with this squad? Have your say in the comment section below.

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