Slovakia names squad for Euro 2016 with Hamsik, Skrtel
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik and Liverpool central defender Martin Skrtel headline Slovakia’s squad for its first European Championship.
Slovakia coach Jan Kozak announced his final 23-man team on Monday, a day after his team handed World champion Germany a 3-1 defeat in Augsburg in a warm-up match for the tournament in France.
Slovakia qualified for the first time since it gained independence after the split of Czechoslovakia in 1993.
Also, defenders Norbert Gyomber of Roma and Tomas Hubocan of Dynamo Moscow recovered from injuries and were included in the squad.
Slovakia concludes its Euro 2016 preparations at home against Northern Ireland on Saturday.
The team starts the tournament in France against Wales on June 11. Russia and England are also in Group B.
Goalkeepers: Matus Kozacik (Viktoria Plzen), Jan Mucha (Slovan Bratislava), Jan Novota (Rapid Vienna)
Defenders: Peter Pekarik (Hertha Berlin), Milan Skriniar (Sampdoria), Martin Skrtel (Liverpool), Norbert Gyomber (Roma), Jan Durica (Lokomotiv Moscow), Kornel Salata (Slovan Bratislava), Tomas Hubocan (Dynamo Moscow), Dusan Svento (Cologne)
Midfielders: Viktor Pecovsky (Zilina), Robert Mak (PAOK Thessaloniki), Juraj Kucka (AC Milan), Patrik Hrosovsky (Viktoria Plzen), Jan Gregus (Jablonec), Marek Hamsik (Napoli), Ondrej Duda (Legia Warsaw), Miroslav Stoch (Bursaspor), Vladimir Weiss (Al Gharafa)
Forwards: Michal Duris (Viktoria Plzen), Adam Nemec (Willem II), Stanislav Sestak (Ferencvaros)