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City confirm Premier League squad of 25

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City have announced their list of 25 players for selection in the Barclays Premier League.

Mario Balotelli heads an extensive list of players aged under 21 who are also available for selection and due to their age did not have to take a place in the 25-man squad (below). Other players with first team experience aged under 21 are Dedryck Boyata, Greg Cunningham, Abdi Ibrahim and Alex Tchuimeni-Nimely.

A dozen 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 birthdays, irrespective of their nationalities. The minimum number of home-grown players to achieve a 25-man squad had to be eight.

Roque Santa Cruz is in the 25, as is Michael Johnson, currently battling back from a cruciate knee ligament injury. There are no restrictions for selection for games in either the Carling Cup or the FA Cup.

The 25:

Keepers: Shay Given, Joe Hart, Stuart Taylor.

Defenders: Jerome Boateng, Wayne Bridge, Aleksander Kolarov, Vincent Kompany, Joleon Lescott, Shaleum Logan, Micah Richards, Kolo Toure, Pablo Zabaleta.

Midfielders: Gareth Barry, Nigel de Jong, Adam Johnson, Michael Johnson, James Milner, David Silva, Yaya Toure, Patrick Vieira, Shaun Wright-Phillips.

Forwards: Emmanuel Adebayor, Jo, Roque Santa Cruz, Carlos Tevez.

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