Middlesbrough’s ex-Hartlepool United keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos misses out on Greece World Cup squad

GREAT FORM: Dimi Konstantopoulos
GREAT FORM: Dimi Konstantopoulos
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IN-FORM Middlesbrough keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos has missed out on a spot at this summer’s World Cup after failing to make the Greece squad.

It was thought the former Pools stopper had forced his way into the reckoning for a place in Brazil after establishing himself as Boro’s number one and putting in a number of fine displays as the season drew to a close.

But despite the fact Greece manager Fernando Santos named five goalkeepers in his provisional list of 30 names which will be trimmed to 23, Konstantopoulos has missed out.

It’s a blow for the 35-year-old who recently penned a one-year contract extension at Boro after impressing boss Aitor Karanka and forcing his way from the club’s fourth choice keeper to a regular between the posts.

After Shay Given’s hugely impressive loan spell came to an end at the Riverside club, Konstantopoulos faced competition from former number-one Jason Steele and Real Madrid’s Tomás Mejías who signed a short-term loan deal.

But the Greek stopper’s form helped to continue Boro’s much-improved defensive record which played a huge part in securing a top half finish.

Meanwhile, Boro defender Rhys Williams also had his World Cup dream shattered this morning when, as expected, he missed out on a place in the Australia squad.

Williams hasn’t played since suffering a serious achilles injury in January. It’s another shattering blow for the 25-year-old who missed out on the 2010 World Cup with a pelvic injury.

There was better news for Newcastle defender Curtis Good who was named in the Socceroos’’ provisional squad of 30 players.