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Juventus midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah named to Ghana's provisional World Cup squad


Claudio Villa

Well, color me not surprised at all.

Juventus' central midfielder-turned-wingback Kwadwo Asamoah has been named to Ghana's 26-man provisional World Cup squad. Not that it's any surprise, really. Asamoah, who has been with the Black Stars for the past eight years after his international debut in 2006, was probably one of the first names to be put on the list.

Why? Because he's really good.

And this summer we'll be able to watch him in a more natural central midfield role, one that I'm sure he's going to do quite well at since that's what he's been doing for almost his whole life.

(Hint hint hint hint.)

Okay, so maybe he hasn't that bad as a wingback. It's pretty much the opposite, actually. There's a reason why Asamoah may very well have a future as one of these fancy wingbacks Antonio Conte loves so much.

Here's the full squad that will be trimmed down to the final 23:

Goalkeepers: Adam Kwarasey, Fatawu Dauda, Stephen Adams.

Defenders: Samuel Inkoom, Daniel Opare, Harrison Afful, Jeffrey Schlupp, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah, Jerry Akaminko, Rashid Sumaila.

Midfielders: Michael Essien, Rabiu Mohammed, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Kwadwo Asamoah, Sulley Muntari, Albert Adomah, Wakaso Mubarak, Christian Atsu, David Accam, Andre Ayew, Afriyie Acquah.

Forwards: Asamoah Gyan, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Abdul Majeed Waris, Jordan Ayew.

Just in case you're from 'MURICA and wanted to do some advanced scoring, Ghana and the United States open Group G play against one another at the Estadio das Dunas on Monday, June 16.