Phoenix's Hernandez in Costa Rica World Cup squad

Wellington Phoenix star Carlos Hernandez has made Costa Rica's provisional 26-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil but teammate Kenny Cunningham has missed out.

The squad includes 11 Europe-based players, led by Fulham midfielder Bryan Ruiz who is currently on loan to PSV Eindhoven, and five US-Based MLS players. Four reserves have also been named. Only 23 will make the final cut.

Coach Jorge Luis Pinto’s men face a monumental challenge to survive Group D where they face England, Italy and Uruguay.

The Central Americans have scheduled two friendlies in the US in the build-up to next month’s tournament kick-off with a match against Japan on June 2 and Ireland on June 7.

Costa Rica squad:

Goalkeepers: Keilor Navas (Levante), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense), Daniel Cambronero (Herediano), Esteban Alvarado (AZ Alkmaar)

Defenders: Johnny Acosta (Alajuelense), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Columbus Crew), Michael Umana (Saprissa), Oscar Duarte (Brujas), Waylon Francis (Columbus Crew), Heiner Mora (Saprissa), Junior Diaz (Mainz 05), Christian Gamboa (Rosenborg), Roy Miller (New York Red Bulls), Kendall Waston (Saprissa)

Midfielders: Celso Borges (AIK), Christian Bolanos (FC Copenhagen), Oscar Esteban Granados (Herediano), Michael Barrantes (AAlesund), Yeltsin Tejeda (Saprissa), Diego Calvo (Valerenga), Jose Miguel Cubero (Herediano), Carlos Hernandez (Wellington Phoenix), Ariel Rodriguez (Alajuelense), Hansell Arauz (Saprissa)

Forwards: Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake), Bryan Ruiz (PSV Eindhoven), Joel Campbell (Olympiakos), Randall Brenes (Cartagines), Marco Urena (FC Kuban Krasnodar), Jairo Arrieta (Columbus Crew)