Slovakia picks 2 strikers in squad for qualifiers

Slovakia will kick off its 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign

with only two strikers in its squad despite failing to score enough

goals to qualify for the European Championship earlier this

year.

Coaches Stanislav Griga and Michal Hipp picked forwards Marek

Bakos of Czech club Viktoria Plzen and Martin Jakubko of Russian

team Amkar Perm on Monday for the opening Group G matches at

Lithuania on Sept. 7 and against Liechtenstein in Bratislava four

days later.

Slovakia scored only seven goals in 10 qualifiers in its failed

campaign to reach Euro 2012.

Usual first-choice strikers Robert Vittek and Stanislav Sestak

were left out. Vittek scored four goals at the 2010 World Cup.

Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik and Liverpool defender Martin

Skrtel were both included in the 22-man squad.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Jan Mucha (Everton), Dusan Pernis (Pogon Szczecin),

Dusan Kuciak (Legia Warsaw).

Defenders: Peter Pekarik (Wolfsburg), Lukas Pauschek (Slovan

Bratislava), Martin Skrtel (Liverpool), Tomas Hlubocan (Zenit St.

Petersburg), Kornel Salata (Rostov), Radoslav Zabavnik (Mainz),

Marek Cech (Trabzonspor).

Midfielders: Vladimir Weiss (Pescara), Juraj Kucka (Genoa),

Karim Guede (Freiburg), Viktor Pecovsky (Zilina), Lubomir Guldan

(Ludogorets Razgrad), Lubomir Stoch (Fenerbahce), Michal Breznanik

(Liberec), Marek Hamsik (Napoli), Marek Sapara (Trabzonspor),

Michal Duris (Viktoria Plzen).

Forwards: Marek Bakos (Viktoria Plzen), Martin Jakubko (Amkar

Perm).