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Donovan dropped as US coach Klinsmann names 23-man World Cup squad


Donovan dropped as US coach Klinsmann names 23-man World Cup squad


United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced his final 23-man squad for next month’s World Cup in Brazil.

The most notable absentee from the German’s roster is Landon Donovan.

The 32-year-old striker was hoping to appear at his fourth World Cup, but Klinsmann overlooked the former LA Galaxy star, instead preferring forwards Aron Johannsson, Chris Wondolowski, Jozy Altidore and Clint Dempsey.

The US head coach said: “I have to make the decisions as of today, I have to make the decisions what is good today for this group going into Brazil, and there I just think that the other guys right now are a little bit ahead of him and I told him that and he understands it, but obviously he’s very disappointed.”

Donavon has been the face of American soccer for the past decade and won 156 caps for his country scoring 57 goals.

But the Stars and Stripes will be without their iconic striker as they look to improve on South Africa 2010, where they reached the round of 16.

The US have been drawn in a difficult Group D alongside Klinsmann’s native Germany, Portugal and Ghana, who they play first on June 16 in Natal.

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