Bruce banks on home-grown stars

With the summer transfer window having closed for business, Premier

League managers had until 5pm on Wednesday to piece together their

selections. They were free to choose up to 25 senior stars, of

which at least eight had to have been registered with the English

or Welsh FA for three seasons or 36 months before turning 21. Black

Cats boss Bruce had no problem abiding by that criteria, while he

has left one spot open by only selecting a 24-man squad.

Sunderland’s summer acquisitions, including record signing Asamoah

Gyan, all make the cut, with big things expected of them following

a busy window at the Stadium of Light. Northern Ireland

international David Healy is included in Bruce’s plans, despite

struggling to make an impact in the North East over the last two

years. Premier League clubs are allowed to use as many players

under the age of 21 as they like, without having to name them in

their squad, so the likes of Jordan Henderson, David Meyler and

Danny Welbeck can also be included in the Black Cats’ ranks.

Sunderland squad: Marcos Angeleri, Phil Bardsley, Darren Bent,

Titus Bramble, Fraizer Campbell, Trevor Carson, Lee Cattermole,

Paulo Da Silva, Ahmed Elmohamady, Anton Ferdinand, Craig Gordon,

Asamoah Gyan, David Healy, Steed Malbranque, George McCartney, John

Mensah, Simon Mignolet, Nedum Onuoha, Andy Reid, Kieran Richardson,

Cristian Riveros, Michael Turner, Robbie Weir, Boudewijn Zenden.