Posted: Friday March 15, 2013 4:56 PM

Swiss recall Senderos, Emeghara for WCup qualifier

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BERN, Switzerland (AP) -Philippe Senderos and Innocent Emeghara were recalled to the Switzerland squad on Thursday for a 2014 World Cup qualifying match at Cyprus.

Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said Senderos justified his selection by playing each match in central defense for Fulham over the past month.

Emeghara benefited from his transfer to Siena, where he has scored regularly after a January move from Lorient, Hitzfeld said.

The 22-player squad is without first-choice goalkeeper Diego Benaglio, who is suspended for the March 23 match in Nicosia.

Hitzfeld is also suspended. He will serve the first of a two-match ban imposed by FIFA for making an offensive gesture toward the referee during a 1-1 draw against Norway last October.

Switzerland leads its group by three points after playing four of 10 matches.

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Squad:

Goalkeepers: Yann Sommer (FC Basel), Marco Woelfli (Young Boys)

Defenders: Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), Johan Djourou (Hannover), Steve von Bergen (Palermo), Philippe Senderos (Fulham), Timm Klose (Nuremberg), Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg), Reto Ziegler (Fenerbahce)

Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Napoli), Blerim Dzemaili (Napoli), Gokhan Inler (Napoli), Gelson Fernandes (Sion), Xherdan Shaqiri (Bayern Munich), Pirmin Schwegler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Valentin Stocker (FC Basel), Tranquillo Barnetta (Schalke), Granit Xhaka (Borussia Moenchengladbach)

Forwards: Eren Derdiyok (Hoffenheim), Innocent Emeghara (Siena), Admir Mehmedi (Dynamo Kiev), Haris Seferovic (Novara)

 
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