Lazaros returns to the Ethniki
Michael Skibbe has called up Lazaros Christodoulopoulos for Greece’s final two World Cup qualifiers against Cyprus and Gibraltar.
Lazaros Christodoulopoulos’ good form with AEK has not gone unnoticed this time around as Greece coach Michael Skibbe called up the 30-year to the national team for Greece’s final two World Cup qualifiers away to Cyprus (7-Oct) and at home to Gibraltar (10-Oct). The AEK man is the only new face to Greece’s roster from the last round of qualifiers against Estonia and Belgium. Lazaros’ last call-up to the national team was last summer when Greece traveled to Australia for two friendly matches under Michael Skibbe.
Kostas Mitroglou and Vasilis Torosidis will be available for Michael Skibbe after recovering from injury that left both players out for the fixtures against Estonia and Belgium. On the other hand, Apostolos Vellios, Babis Lykogiannis, Dimitris Kyriakidis, Andreas Bouchalakis, and the injured Manolis Siopis were not called up.
Below is Greece’s full roster for the qualifiers against Cyprus and Gibraltar
Goalkeepers: Giannis Anestis (AEK), Stefanos Kapino (Olympiacos), Orestis Karnezis (Watford)
Defenders: Vassilis Torosidis (Bologna), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (B. Dortmund), Kostas Manolas (Roma), Panagiotis Retsos (Bayer Leverkusen), Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Hamburg), Kostas Stafylidis (Augsburg), Giorgos Tzavellas (Alanyaspor)
Midfielders: Panagiotis Tachtsidis (Olympiacos), Andreas Samaris (Benfica), Giannis Maniatis (Alyanspor), Alexandros Tziolis (Al-Fayha), Carlos Zeca (FC Kobehavn), Dimitris Kourbelis (Panathinaikos), Kostas Fortounis (Olympiacos), Petros Mantalos (AEK), Giannis Gianniotas (Real Valladolid), Lazaros Christodoulopoulos (AEK)
Forwards: Dimitris Diamantakos (Karlsruhe), Kostas Mitroglou (Marseille), Tasos Bakasetas (AEK), Tasos Donis (VfB Stuttgart)