Tokyo Olympics: EPL stars heading for Japan

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The 16 national teams taking part at the Tokyo Olympic games have announced their squads, but which Premier League stars are heading to Japan?

For some English top-flight players, there has barely been a break between seasons, with Richarlison recently featuring for Brazil in the Copa America.

Having won gold at Rio 2016, the Seleção are determined to defend their crown in Tokyo and have named a competitive squad including veteran full-back Dani Alves as one of their over-aged players.

Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, squads have been upgraded from the usual 18 names to 22 players.

RICHARLISON, DOUGLAS LUIZ & MARTINELI

Brazil named their final roster for the Games on the 17th of June, but after several clubs refused to release their players, a new squad was announced on July 2.

Marseille midfielder Gerson, Zenit Saint Petersburg forward Malcom and Flamengo’s Pedro were all initially included, but were not granted permission by their clubs.

Legendary full-back Dani Alves, who now plays for Sao Paulo, is one of the three over-aged players included, with Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli hoping to impress as well.

His Gunners teammate Gabriel Magalhaes has been replaced by Ricardo Graca due to injury, but Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz and Everton forward Richarlison are among the 11 players in the 22 who play their football outside of Brazil.

CHRIS HOOD & WINSTON REID

Burnley striker Chris Wood and West Ham defender Winston Reid are two of the over-aged players of the New Zealand squad announced for the games.

Head coach Danny Hay has not included Bayern Munich’s Sarpreet Singh in order to help the player secure the best loan deal possible for the upcoming season.

ALEXIS MAC ALLISTER

Fresh from winning the Copa America, Argentina have named a completely different 22-man squad for the Olympics with Brighton forward Alexis Mac Allister named on the roster.

Thiago Almada, the 20-year-old Velez Sarsfield midfielder, is included and could prove to be one of the standout players of the tournament, but Bayer Leverkusen’s Lucas Alario is cut from the preliminary group as head coach Fernando Batista has selected just one over-aged player.

DANIEL ARZANI

Australia head coach Graham Arnold will take charge of the Socceroos and there will be a Premier League representative as they prepare to compete at their first Games since 2008.

Manchester City midfielder Daniel Arzani, the youngest player ever to appear for Australia at a World Cup who was on loan at Danish Superliga side AGF Aarhus last season, features in a squad that contains 12 players who play in the A-League.

Australia were forced into a couple of late changes with Marco Tillo and Jay Rich-Baghuelou replacing Ramy Najjarine and Ruon Tongyik in the squad. Stoke City defender Harry Souttar is also included.

AMAD DIALLO & ERIC BAILY

Ivory Coast head coach Soualiho Haidara has called up Manchester United winger Amad Diallo alongside his club-mate Eric Bailly, who is one of three over-aged players.

Former Leicester City, Bournemouth and Leeds United forward Max Gradel, who now plays his football in Turkey with Sivasspor is also included in the squad alongside AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie.

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By FARPost reporter