No official All Star status for Duff


Republic of Ireland wing sensation Damian Duff was overlooked when the World Cup's All Star Team was unveiled this morning.

Four Brazilians and three Germans have been named in a side that also includes Sol Campbell but curiously not his central defensive partner Rio Ferdinand.

The list chosen by former national coaches includes Brazilians Roberto Carlos, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho and the tournament's top scorer so far with six goals, Ronaldo.

Goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, midfielder Michael Ballack and striker Miroslav Klose are the choices from the German team which plays Brazil in Sunday's final.

US captain Claudio Reyna is given a place in midfield as a reward for his team's charge into the last eight.

Veteran South Korean defender Hong Myung-Bo and England's Campbell are also chosen among the best players of the finals, as is Aston Villa’s Turkish stopper Alpay.

Senegal's El-Hadji Diouf and Hasan Sas from surprise semi-finalists Turkey complete the strikeforce alongside Ronaldo and Klose.

World Cup All Star Team

Goalkeeper: Oliver Kahn (Germany), Rustu Recber (Turkey)

Defenders: Roberto Carlos (Brazil), Sol Campbell (England), Hong Myung-Bo (South Korea), Alpay Ozalan (Turkey), Fernando Hierro (Spain)

Midfielders: Rivaldo (Brazil), Ronaldinho (Brazil), Claudio Reyna (United States), Michael Ballack (Germany), Yoo Sang-Chul (South Korea)

Forwards: Ronaldo (Brazil), El-Hadji Diouf (Senegal), Hasan Sas (Turkey), Miroslav Klose (Germany)