Celtic striker Samaras in squad for Greece

Greece coach Fernando Santos included Celtic striker Georgios

Samaras into his preliminary European Championship squad on

Thursday, along with 12 other foreign-based players.

Santos summoned the 27-year-old Samaras before Greece’s squad

head for a training camp in Austria ahead of the tournament in

Poland and Ukraine next month.

Samaras scored one goal in eight qualifying appearances.

Greece will play Armenia and Slovenia in friendly matches this

month before taking on Euro 2012 opponents Poland, Russia and the

Czech Republic in Group A.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Dionisis Chiotis (APOEL), Alexandros Tzorvas

(Palermo).

Defenders: Vangelis Moras (Cesena), Kyriakos Papadopoulos

(Schalke), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Werder Bremen), Giorgos

Tzavelas (Monaco).

Midfielders: Panagiotis Kone (Bologna), Thanos Petsos

(Kaiserslautern), Alexandros Tziolis (Monaco), Costas Fortounis

(Kaiserslautern), and

Strikers: Fanis Gekas (Samsunspor), Georgios Samaras

(Celtic).