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Bilic names small 22-man-squad for Premier League season

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Slaven Bilic has named a small 22-man-squad for the Premier League season following the closing the summer transfer window.

Each year following the market’s closure, every Premier League club is required to submit a squad list of no more than 17 players who don’t fulfil the “Home Grown Player” criteria.

The fit the criteria of ‘home grown’, a player must : “irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or 36 months before his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21)”.

A maximum of 17 non-home grown players can be named in the 25-man-strong squad, with the remaining 8 being seen to fulfil the aforementioned criteria.

Slaven Bilic, while meeting the FA’s requirements, has named only 22 players for the season, but will be able to call upon several Under-21s to bolster the ranks.

The squad named by the Croat is as follows:

Michail Antonio, Marko Arnautovic, Andre Ayew, Sam Byram, Andy Carroll, James Collins, Aaron Cresswell, Jose Fonte, Joe Hart, Doneil Henry, Javier Hernandez, Cheikhou Kouyate, Manuel Lanzini, Moses Makasi, Arthur Masuaku, Mark Noble, Pedro Obiang, Angelo Ogbonna, Winston Reid, Diafra Sakho, Adrian, Pablo Zabaleta

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