Eastlands boss names squad he hopes will bring top four glory.
Roque Santa Cruz has made the cut to be named in Manchester City’s Premier League squad.
The Blues had to announce their 25-man squad along with the rest of their Premier League rivals on Wednesday and Santa Cruz was a surprise inclusion given the speculation over his future during the summer.
Injury-hit midfielder Michael Johnson was also selected despite currently battling back from a cruciate knee ligament injury.
Each club must name a minimum of eight home-grown players and Johnson’s inclusion meant that 12 of the 25 are classed as home-grown under Premier League rules having spent at least three seasons with a club affiliated to the FA prior to their 21st birthday.
Summer signing Mario Balotelli heads an extensive list of players aged under 21 who are also available for selection but do not take a place in the 25-man squad due to their age. There are no restrictions to selection for Carling Cup and FA Cup games.
Squad: Shay Given, Joe Hart, Stuart Taylor
Jerome Boateng, Wayne Bridge, Aleksander Kolarov, Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott, Shaleum Logan, Micah Richards, Kolo Toure, Pablo Zabaleta
Gareth Barry, Nigel de Jong, Adam Johnson, Michael Johnson, James Milner, David Silva, Yaya Toure, Patrick Vieira, Shaun Wright-Phillips
Emmanuel Adebayor, Jo, Roque Santa Cruz, Carlos Tevez. (Sky Sports)
Many felt that Paraguayan international may be left out of Roberto Mancini’s Premier League squad but the offloading of the likes of Craig Bellamy, Robinho and Felipe Caicedo clearly gave the Eastlands boss some room to manoeuvre.
Its a squad chock full of talent and experience and the Man City boss will hope will be able to break into a coveted top four spot.