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Football: Donovan absent from US World Cup squad

Landon Donovan, the United States' all-time leading scorer, was left off the 23-man squad named by Jurgen Klinsmann for the 2014 World Cup.

LOS ANGELES: Landon Donovan, the United States' all-time leading scorer, was left off the 23-man squad named by Jurgen Klinsmann on Thursday for the 2014 World Cup.

Donovan, with 57 international goals, was among 30 taken into training camp but didn't make the final cut for what would have been a fourth World Cup.

The 32-year-old Donovan had insisted he wasn't a lock to make the squad for the finals in Brazil.

He didn't figure prominently in the qualifying campaign, playing in just three of 10 matches in the final round after taking a nearly four-month sabbatical from the game.

But once the veteran - the face of football in the United States - was included in the 30-man preliminary squad many fans were certain he'd be going to Brazil.

Instead Germany's Klinsmann opted for a youthful squad for a World Cup campaign that sees the United States drawn in Group G along with Ghana, who reached the quarter-finals in the 2010 edition, Euro 2012 semi-finalists Portugal and one of the favourites for the trophy Germany.

They will kick off their campaign on June 16 against Ghana.

"It's an exciting moment when you have narrowed the roster down as a coaching staff, and these 23 players that you've chosen can focus now purely on Brazil," Klinsmann said.

"We can go into more specific things about technical approaches, and about the opponents. For the players, it's very important to know that they are now part of it and they can relax and know they are on the list going to Brazil and taking it from there.

"After almost 10 days of work right now, we thought the point has come to make the decision."

USA Soccer said the 23-man squad would be officially submitted to FIFA on the June 2 deadline.

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