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Villa named in Spain squad

31 August 2012 16:54

Vicente Del Bosque has included David Villa in his 23-man squad for Spain's first 2014 World Cup qualifier against Georgia.

The 61-year-old manager has recalled the Barcelona striker upon his return to fitness, with Roberto Soldado and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres his other striking options.

However there is no place for Torres's club team-mate Juan Mata. Other notable absentees include Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez, strikers Alvaro Negredo and Fernando Llorente, all of whom miss out.

Speaking about Villa's inclusion for the World Cup qualifier and a friendly with Saudi Arabia, Del Bosque said: "It is unusual that Villa is coming. He has hardly played but we thought it would give him a lift.

"All the information we have is that he is well. He is our leading goal scorer and more than that, we felt it right that he came whether he plays or not."

However, Villa's club team-mate Carles Puyol is not included as the defender continues his recovery from a fractured cheekbone.

Spain play Saudi Arabia in a friendly match four days prior to opening their World Cup qualifying campaign against Georgia on September 10.

Spain squad
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, Victor Valdes, Jose Manuel Reina
Defenders: Raul Albiol, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Juanfran, Alvaro Arbeloa, Ignacio Monreal, Jordi Alba
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez, Pedro, Benat Etxebarria, Santi Cazorla, David Silva, Jesus Navas
Attackers: Roberto Soldado, David Villa, Fernando Torres

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