Spain News: Del Bosque names his Spanish 23

20th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque unveiled his 23-man squad earlier this afternoon, revealing that seven players had been omitted from the original 30-man provisional squad.

Europa League winner with Atletico Madrid, David De Gea won’t have the chance to bolster his winning medals as he was excluded from the squad, as well was David Lopez. In defence, Cesar Azpildueta missed the cut, while Santi Cazorla and Marcos Senna were left out in midfield, with the latter part of the team that won the 2008 UEFA European Championship. Daniel Guiza played his part in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup last year but won’t play any in South Africa, while Seville’s Alvaro Negredo was also sent home.

The injured duo of Cesc Fabregas and Fernando Torres, both of which should play some part in the finals but could miss the first game against Switzerland on June 16th, were included.

Victor Valdes is perhaps the surprise addition having never played a senior game for the Spanish team. Valdes will have to settle for third-choice though behind Casillas and Reina.

There were absolutely no surprises in defence, but in midfield, Javi Martinez, one of the upcoming stars in the Atletico Bilbao ranks, has been given a fabulous opportunity to not only shine but to grasp some potentially vital World Cup experience ahead of a prosperous future. Jesus Navas is another player who retained his place within the Spanish ranks despite playing just four times previously for his country. Barcelona’s skilful winger Pedro was another Del Bosque kept faith with after an inspired season with La Liga champions Barcelona.

The biggest surprise was Bosque’s decision to take just three strikers to South Africa, with David Villa and Fernando Torres at the forefront of Bosque’s attacking plans, and Bilbao’s Fernando Llorente the only forward substitute, although Jaun Mata and David Silva, midfielders by trade, could deputise if needed.

 

Spain Squad

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, Jose Reina, Victor Valdes
Defenders: Raul Albiol  Alvaro Arbeloa, Joan Capdevila, Carlos Marchena, Gerard Pique, Carles Puyol, Sergio Ramos
Midfielders: Xabi Alonso, Sergi Busquets, Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta, Javi Martinez, David Silva, Xavi, Jesus Navas, Juan Manuel Mata, Pedro Rodriguez
Forwards: Fernando Torres, David Villa and Fernando Llrorente



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