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Seven Napoli Players Named To World Cup Squads

While we wait for the Italy World Cup squad to get announced, seven more Napoli players have been named to their nations' squads.

Chung Sung-Jun

The squad that Italy will take to the World Cup has yet to be announced, but in the meantime seven more Napoli players have been named to their nations' squads that will be going to Brazil.

Joining Henrique Buss in Brazil will be Pepe Reina (Spain), Raul Albiol (Spain), Dries Mertens (Belgium), Gokhan Inler (Switzerland), Valon Behrami (Switzerland), Blerim Dzemaili (Switzerland), and Faouzi Ghoulam (Algeria). None of these names are especially surprising and all save Reina should see playing time during the Cup.

The biggest snub so far? That's easy: Jose Callejon. The winger scored a whopping 19 goals in all competitions, but was not named to Vicente Del Bosque's Spain roster. Callejon doesn't exactly fit in with the tiki-taka football Del Bosque coaches, but Spain have at times struggled without the change of pace that Callejon would provide them.

While Uruguay's roster hasn't officially been announced yet, there is a list making the rounds, and it does not include Miguel Britos. Normally that wouldn't be a surprise, but Oscar Tabarez is a crazy person, so I wouldn't have put him calling Britos in past him. 

Other Napoli players that could get World Cup calls at some point today include Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina), Federico Fernandez (Argentina), and potentially Camilo Zuniga (Colombia) and Duvan Zapata (Colombia). Plus, of course, the club's contingent of Italian stars.

Once we have more news on World Cup squad announcements that include Napoli players, we'll bring it to you as soon as we can.