The FA Cup champions aren’t holding back.
Manchester City, who are in North America to partake in the World Football Challenge in preparation for their upcoming season, have included some big guns in their provisional travel roster.
The Citizens’ lineup includes a number of 2010 World Cup veterans. English internationals Joe Hart, Gareth Barry, Shawn Wright-Phillips and James Milner start off the list. They are joined by German defender Jérôme Boateng, Ivory Coast’s Yaya Touré, Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong. Topping it off is Spanish midfielder and 2010 World Cup champ David Silva.
Rounding out the list are projected captain Vincent Kompany and Italian striker Mario Balotelli.
Manchester City will kick off their participation in this year’s World Football Challenge on Saturday, when they take on popular Mexican side Club América in San Francisco. They will then travel north to Vancouver to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps on July 18.
The EPL power will finish off their three-game stand in Los Angeles on July 24, when they pay a visit to David Beckham, Landon Donovan, and the rest of the LA Galaxy.
Manchester City 2011 North American Tour Roster
GOALKEEPERS: Joe Hart (ENG), Stuart Taylor (ENG), Eirik Johansen (NOR), Loris Karius (GER)
DEFENDERS: Micah Richards (ENG), Jérôme Boateng (GER), Vincent Kompany (BEL), Joleon Lescott (ENG), Dedryck Boyata (BEL), Gaël Clichy (FRA), Aleksandar Kolarov (SRB), Stefan Savić (MNE), Frederic Veseli (SUI)
MIDFIELDERS: Shaun Wright-Phillips (ENG), Vladimir Weiss (SVK), James Milner (ENG), Gareth Barry (ENG), Yaya Touré (CIV), Nigel De Jong (NED), David Silva (ESP), Adam Johnson (ENG)
FORWARDS: Mario Balotelli (ITA), Edin Džeko (BIH), Andrea Mancini (ITA), Denis Suarez (SPA), Ryan McGivern (NIR), John Guidetti (SWE)