Peru Cut Defender Abram From World Cup 2018 Squad
Peru coach Ricardo Gareca confirmed his 23-man squad for the World Cup in Russia on Wednesday, leaving out Velez Sarsfield center-back Luis Abram.
The announcement followed Peru’s 2-0 friendly victory over Scotland in Lima as the Blanquirroja bid farewell to local fans on Tuesday ahead of their first World Cup appearance since 1982.
“We thank Luis for his professionalism and dedication every time he is with the national team,” the Peruvian Football Federation said in a statement. “We have no doubt that we will call upon him soon because of his talent and dedication,” it added.
Abram, capped four times for Peru, wished the team well and said he would be supporting his colleagues from afar.
“It’s not a ‘goodbye’ but a ‘see you soon’,” the 22-year-old said on Twitter. “I want to take this opportunity to wish the team the best because they deserve it.”
Peru will begin their World Cup campaign against Denmark on June 16 before also meeting France and Australia in Group C.
Gareca’s men will fine-tune their preparations with a clash against Saudi Arabia on June 3 followed by another friendly against Sweden six days later.
Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese (Veracruz), Carlos Caceda (Veracruz), Jose Carvallo (Universidad Tecnica).
Defenders: Luis Advincula (Lobos), Miguel Araujo (Alianza Lima), Aldo Corzo (Universitario de Deportes), Nilson Loyola (Melgar), Christian Ramos (Veracruz), Alberto Rodriguez (Junior), Anderson Santamaria (Puebla), Miguel Trauco (Flamengo).
Midfielders: Christian Cueva (Sao Paulo), Edison Flores (Aalborg BK), Paolo Hurtado (Vitoria Guimaraes), Renato Tapia (Feyernoord), Yoshimar Yotun (Orlando City), Pedro Aquino (Lobos), Wilder Cartagena (Veracruz), Sergio Pena (Granada), Andy Polo (Portland Timbers)
Forwards: Andre Carrillo (Watford), Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia), Jefferson Farfan (Lokomotiv)