World Cup Reds

Belgium: Fellaini, Januzaj
Ecuador: Valencia
England: Jones, Smalling, Welbeck, Rooney (Standby: Carrick, Cleverley)
France: Evra
Japan: Kagawa
Mexico: Hernandez
Netherlands: Van Persie
Portugal: Nani
Spain: De Gea, Mata

14/05/2014 12:17, Report by Mark Froggatt

United's World Cup call-ups

Manchester United could have as many as 16 players at this summer’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil after all the participating nations named their preliminary squads for the prestigious tournament. 

Nineteen-year-old sensation Adnan Januzaj and Marouane Fellaini have both been selected by Belgium while Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney are all included in England’s 23-man travelling party. The English quartet's team-mates Tom Cleverley and Michael Carrick are on Roy Hodgson's seven-strong standby list. 

As expected, Antonio Valencia will wear the yellow shirt of Ecuador, with Patrice Evra and Shinji Kagawa both set to don blue shirts for France and Japan respectively.

United strikers Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez (Mexico) and Robin van Persie (Netherlands) will also travel to South America. 

Nani is the only English-based player in Paulo Bento’s Portugal squad, while neighbouring Spain - the reigning world champions - have David De Gea and Juan Mata on their preliminary list. 

Each national team will play a series of warm-up friendlies before the provisional squads are whittled down to 23 men by 2 June.

The World Cup kicks off on 12 June when hosts Brazil face Croatia at the Arena de Sao Paulo. As it stands, the first fixtures involving United players will be on the following day when Mexico take on Cameroon in Group A and Spain go head-to-head with Netherlands in Group B. 

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