Ecuador Football Team 2014 before the friendly match against Netherlands (Getty Images)
Ecuador coach Reinaldo Rueda has been forced to replace veteran midfielder Segundo Castillo with Oswaldo Minda due to a knee injury. Stuttgart midfielder Carlos Gruezo, 19, who won his first two caps last month is also in Reinaldo Rueda’s squad. Ecuador is seen as a surprise name in the World Cup stage but it looks like the South-American team has drawn inspiration from the tragic death of their player Christian Benítez.
It is seen as a daunting task for Reinaldo Rueda’s side to qualify for the next round in their only fourth World Cup appearance. But Captain Antonio Valencia should inspire the side after making the final cut after an injury scare. He will look to put behind the disappointments after a torrid season with Manchester United.
FIFA World Cup 2014: Ecuador World Cup Squad & Player List
Goalkeepers: Maximo Banguera (Barcelona, Ecuador), Adrian Bone (El Nacional), Alexander Dominguez (Liga de Quito).
Defenders: Gabriel Achilier (Emelec), Walter Ayovi (Pachuca), Oscar Bagui (Emelec), Frickson Erazo (Flamengo), Jorge Guagua (Emelec), Juan Carlos Paredes (Barcelona, Ecuador), Cristian Ramirez (Fortuna Dusseldorf).
Midfielders: Segundo Castillo (Al Hilal), Carlos Gruezo (Stuttgart), Renato Ibarra (Vitesse Arnhem), Fidel Martinez (Tijuana), Cristian Noboa (Dynamo Moscow), Pedro Quinonez (Emelec), Luis Saritama (Barcelona, Ecuador), Antonio Valencia (Manchester Utd).
Forwards: Jaime Ayovi (Tijuana), Felipe Caicedo (Al-Jazira), Jefferson Montero (Morelia), Joao Rojas (Cruz Azul), Enner Valencia (Pachuca), Armando Wila (Universidad Catolica).
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