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Inching Closer To World Cup Stage

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STOKE CITY pair Geoff Cameron and Maurice Edu have moved a step closer to featuring in this summer's World Cup Finals.

They have been named in the United States' preliminary 30-man squad for the tournament, which gets underway in just under a month's time. There is, however, no place for their compatriot and City team-mate Brek Shea.

US coach Jurgen Klinsmann must trim down his squad to 23 players by June 2 - although it's not clear at this stage when he will announce his final line-up.

The 30 players are today due to begin reporting to Palo Alto in California for the start of training camp at Stanford University.

Cameron made 42 appearances for the Potters during the 2013/14 season, while Edu is currently on a season-long loan with Philadelphia Union.

Asmir Begovic has been named in Bosnia and Herzegovina's provisional 24-man squad and, as his country's first choice goalkeeper, he's certain to make the final cut.

Begovic missed City's final Premier League game of the 2013/14 campaign - the 2-1 win over West Brom on Sunday that sealed an historic ninth-place finish in the Premier League - with a toe injury but manager Mark Hughes confirmed the problem would not jeopardise his World Cup chances.

Meanwhile another City 'keeper, Jack Butland, has been named in the England squad for a UEFA Under-21 qualifier against Wales at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea next Monday and the annual Toulon tournament in France between May 20 and June 2.

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