No surprises in Greece squad to face England

August 10, 2006

ATHENS, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Greece coach Otto Rehhagel has chosen not to use next Wednesday's friendly against England at Old Trafford as a chance to blood new young players.

Rehhagel has stuck with the core of the team that won Euro 2004 but subsequently failed to qualify for the World Cup in Germany, including 34-year-old captain Theodoros Zagorakis.

Ten of the 22-man squad play for clubs outside Greece with the English-based players Stelios Giannakopoulos of Bolton Wanderers and Manchester City's Georgios Samaras likely starters.

Greece open the defence of their European title in a Euro 2008 qualifier against Moldova in Group C on Sept. 2.

Goalkeepers: Antonis Nikopolidis (Olympiakos Piraeus), Costas Chalkias (Aris)

Defenders: Sotiris Kyrgiakos (Eintracht Frankfurt), Panagiotis Fyssas (Hearts), Yourkas Seitaridis (Atletico Madrid), Loukas Vintra (Panathinaikos), Georgos Anatolakis (Olympiakos), Traianos Dellas (AEK Athens), Paraskevas Antzas (Xanthi)

Midfielders: Angelos Basinas (Real Mallorca), Stelios Giannakopoulos (Bolton Wanderers), Georgios Karagounis (Benfica), Konstantinos Katsouranis (Benfica), Panagiotis Lagos (Panathinaikos), Theodoros Zagorakis (PAOK), Pantelis Kafes (Olympiakos)

Forwards: Angelos Charisteas (Ajax Amsterdam), Ioannis Amanatidis (Eintracht Frankfurt), Georgios Samaras (Manchester City), Dimitrios Salpigidis (PAOK), Dimitrios Papadopoulos (Panathinaikos), Fanis Gekas (Panathinaikos)