South Africa's all-time leading scorer Benni McCarthy has been left out of their squad for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup™.

The West Ham United striker, 32, has struggled for fitness in recent months and has been criticised for being overweight.

McCarthy was one of five players cut from a 28-man training squad, with goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez, defenders Bryce Moon and Innocent Mdledle, and midfielder Franklin Cale also omitted.

Bafana Bafana will face France, Uruguay and Mexico in Group A.

South Africa squad
Itumeleng Khune, Moeneeb Josephs, Shu-Aib Walters

Defenders: Siboniso Gaxa, Matthew Booth, Lucas Thwala, Aaron Mokoena, Bongani Khumalo, Siyabonga Sangweni, Tsepo Masilela, Anele Ngcongca, Lucas Thwala

Midfielders: Steven Pienaar, Teko Modise, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Thanduyise Khuboni, Kagisho Dikgaco, Macbeth Sibaya, Surprise Moriri

Forwards: Katlego Mphela, Bernard Parker, Siyabonga Nomvete.

Please note that squad lists only become official after they have been submitted to and announced by FIFA.