Greece axe Kone from Euro 2012 squad after red card in friendly
08:52 GMT, 29 May 2012
Midfielders Alexandros Tziolis and Panagiotis Kone were cut from Greece's Euro 2012 squad on Tuesday as coach Fernando Santos made his final 23-man selection for the tournament.
Kone's fate was sealed after the Bologna midfielder was sent-off for violent conduct in Saturday's 1-1 friendly draw against Slovenia, while Monaco's Tziolis did not make the cut due to the ample defensive midfield cover Santos has at his disposal.
Decision time: Fernando Santos has announced his Greece squad
Goalkeeepers: Costas Chalkias (PAOK Salonica), Michalis Sifakis (Aris Salonica), Alexis Tzorvas (Palermo)
Defenders: Avraam Papadopoulos (Olympiakos Pireaus), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Werder Bremen), Vassilis Torosidis (Olympiakos Pireaus), Jose Holebas (Olympiakos Pireaus), Stelios Malezas (PAOK Salonica), Yiannis Maniatis (Olympiakos Pireaus), Giorgos Tzavellas (Monaco), Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Schalke)
Midfielders: Yiannis Fetfatzidis (Olympiakos Pireaus), Grigoris Makos (AEK Athens), Costas Katsouranis (Panathinaikos), Giorgos Fotakis (PAOK Salonica), Costas Fortounis (Kaiserslautern), Giorgos Karagounis (Panathinaikos), Sotiris Ninis (Panathinaikos)
Forwards: Giorgos Samaras (Celtic), Dimitris Salpigidis (PAOK Salonica), Costas Mitroglou (Olympiakos Pirea
Notable absentees from the squad were Panathinaikos goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis, along with other Greens players such as left back Nikos Spiropoulos and right back Loukas Vintra, while promising PAOK striker Stefanos Athanasiadis also missed out.
However, exciting Olympiakos Pireaus' winger Yiannis Fetfatzidis, Schalke defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos and 19-year-old Kaiserslautern midfielder Costas Fortounis were all retained.
Costas Mitroglou of Olympiakos, who spent the season on loan with Atromitos and finished the season with 16 goals, was also included among the attackers along with Nikos Liberopoulos, Giorgos Samaras, Dimitris Salpigidis and Fanis Gekas.
Greece play Armenia in their final warm-up match on May 31 before facing co-hosts Poland in the tournament opener on June 8. They also face Czech Republic and Russia in Group A.