Greece coach Otto Rehhagel today named Liverpool defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos and Celtic striker Georgios Samaras among an initial group of nine players for a 30-man pre-FIFA World Cup™ training camp.

Rehhagel also named Bologna's Vangelis Moras, Genoa's Socrates Papastathopoulos, Siena's Alexandros Tziolis, Omonia's Christos Patsatzoglou, Hertha Berlin's Fanis Gekas, Nurnberg's Angelos Charisteas and Steaua Bucharest striker Pantelis Kapetanos in the group.

The training camp is to take place later this month, before Rehhagel names his final 23-man squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup on 1 June.

Greece are in the tournament's Group B along with Argentina, Korea Republic and Nigeria.