Ecuador name squad for Brazil and Paraguay
Premier League trio Antonio Valencia, Segundo Castillo and Felipe Caicedo have been included in the Ecuador squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Brazil and Paraguay.
Wigan midfielder Valencia, Everton's Castillo and Manchester City forward Caicedo are three of eight foreign-based players in the party.
Sixto Vizuete's men host Brazil, second in the South American qualifying zone, on March 28 before taking on group leaders Paraguay on April 1.
Vizuete has also included six players from reigning Copa Libertadores champions Liga Deportiva Universitaria, and one from domestic title holders Deportivo Quito - defender Isaac Mina.
Vizuete said: "We must keep a hope of victory. We must be more careful than ever about what to do.
"We are aware of how powerful Brazil and Paraguay are, but we also know our team are talented enough to compete in these two games."
The boss also named youngsters Deyson Mendez from Empoli, Jefferson Montero of Independiente del Valle Jose Teran and Emelec's Joao Rojas in the squad.
But Mainz forward Felix Borja, Al-Saad striker Carlos Tenorio and Santos Laguna midfielder Pedro Quinonez are all missing through injury.
Ecuador lie sixth in the qualifying table on 12 points.
Ecuador squad: Jose Francisco Cevallos (Liga Deportiva Universitaria), Marcelo Elizaga (Emelec), Maximo Banguera (Barcelona); Neicer Reasco, Jairo Campos, Paul Ambrossi (all Liga Deportiva Universitaria), Miguel Ibarra (Espoli), Giovanni Espinoza (Barcelona), Jorge Guagua (El Nacional), Ivan Hurtado (Millonarios), Isaac Mina (Deportivo Quito), Deyson Mendez (Espoli); Segundo Castillo (Everton), Edison Mendez (PSV Eindhoven), Antonio Valencia (Wigan), Cristian Noboa (Rubin Kazan), Joffre Guerron (Getafe), Walter Ayovi (Monterrey), David Quiroz (Emelec), Patricio Urrutia (all Liga Deportiva Universitaria), Jefferson Montero (Independiente del Valle Jose Teran); Felipe Caicedo (Manchester City), Cristian Benitez (Santos Laguna), Pablo Palacios (Barcelona), Walter Calderon (all Liga Deportiva Universitaria), Joao Rojas (Emelec).