- Skibbe Announces Pre-Selection Roster for Upcoming Friendlies -
Skibbe announced a 31 man "pre-selection" roster for Greece's upcoming Friendlies against Australia on June 4th and 7th. Some surprise names were added to roster while Manolas was left out.
Some of the surprise names include Boukouvalas (Iraklis), Fetfatzidis (Al-Ahli), Gianniotas (APOEL), Bakasetas (Panionios), and Christodoulopoulos (Sampdoria). Boukouvalas and Bakasetas were called up to the national team for the first time in their career. On the other hand, Manolas was left out of the roster due to personal circumstances. The team is scheduled to begin practices on May 24th where the final roster for the friendlies will be announced. Greece will travel to and play against Australia twice, June 4th and 7th, as they continue their preparation for 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, which begins in October. Below is the 31 man roster:
- Goalkeepers: Karnezis, Kapino
- Defenders: Vyntra, Kitsiou, Moras, Boukouvalas, Oikonomou, Papastathopoulos, Siovas, Stafylidis, Tzavellas, Torosidis, Cholebas
- Midfielders: Kone, Maniatis, Mandalos, Pelkas, Samaris, Tachtsidis, Tziolis, Fetfatzidis, Fortounis.
- Forwards: Aravidis, Vellios, Gianniotas, Diamantakos, Karelis, Mitroglou, Bakasetas, Papazoglou, Christodoulopoulos