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Elephants leave out Drogba

Ivorians name 26-man squad to face Azzurri at Upton Park

By Razwan Mirza.   Last Updated: 07/08/10 5:48pm

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Drogba: Left out

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The Ivory Coast have left out Chelsea striker Didier Drogba for Tuesday's international friendly against Italy at Upton Park.

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The Ivorians, who are currently managerless following the exit of Sven-Goran Eriksson after their poor World Cup showing, have a 26-man squad available for the game.

The 32-year-old skipper is just one of four players missing from the squad that were on duty at the World Cup in South Africa.

Galatasaray midfielder Kader Keita has also been left out, as have Monaco's Jean-Jacques Gosso and Maccabi Netanya goalkeeper Aristide Zogbo.

Manchester City pair Yaya and Kolo Toure, Chelsea's Salomon Kalou and Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue have all been given the nod along with Yannick Sagbo, Constant Djakpa, Emerse Fae, Kafoumba Coulibaly, Gilles Yapi-Yapo, Didier Konan Ya and Bakari Kone.

The West Africans, who were eliminated in the first round of the World Cup, will be aiming to cause an upset against the 2006 World Cup winners in Cesare Prandelli's first game in charge.

Ivory Coast squad: Boubacar Barry (Lokeren), Daniel Yeboah (ASEC Mimosas); Constant Djakpa (Hannover), Sol Bamba (Hibernian), Arthur Boka (Stuttgart), Emmanuel Eboue (Arsenal), Siaka Tiene (Valenciennes), Kolo Toure (Manchester City), Guy Demel (Hamburg), Steve Gohouri (Wigan), Benjamin Angoua (Valenciennes); Didier Zokora (Seville), Emerse Fae (Nice), Kafoumba Coulibaly (Nice), Romaric (Seville), Cheick Tiote (FC Twente), Yaya Toure (Barcelona), Gilles Yapi-Yapo (FC Basel); Aruna Dindane (Lekhwiya), Seydou Doumbia (CSKA Moscow), Salomon Kalou (Chelsea), Gervinho (Lille), Emmanuel Kone (CFR Cluj), Didier Konan Ya (Hannover), Yannick Sagbo (Monaco), Bakari Kone (Lekhwiya).

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