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International Friendly Preview: Spain v Haiti

6 June 2013 19:10

Spain and Haiti will step up their preparations for upcoming international tournaments when they meet in Miami on Saturday.

Vicente del Bosque's side are warming up ahead of competing in the Confederations Cup in Brazil this month, while their opponents are set to take part in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July.

The fixture, which will take place at Florida's Sun Life Stadium, is also being held in order to help raise money for the Phoenix Project, which was set up to aid Haitian redevelopment after the 2010 earthquake.

The vast audience that is expected to flock to the fixture will be treated to displays from World Cup-winning Spanish stars such as Juan Mata, Cesc Fabregas and Santi Cazorla.

But Del Bosque has admitted ahead of the game that he is unsure over which striker will get the nod for the friendly fixture.

He said: "Maybe that's our fault. A few have been given run-outs, Negredo, Torres, Soldado, even Villa hasn't really bowled us over either.

"We need players up front who participate, ones who are visible and actively taking part during the game."

Though their line-up is significantly less illustrious, Haiti, who finished third in the 2012 Caribbean Cup, boast a number of players in their squad who ply their trade in France.

Goalkeeper Johnny Placide plays for Ligue 1 side Stade De Reims, while Jeff Louis and Jean-Jacques Pierre represent second-tier sides Nancy and Caen respectively.

Haiti are currently ranked 63rd in the world by FIFA, while world champions Spain occupy top spot.

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