the list for the Czech Republic & Lithuania
Vicente del Bosque announced the list of players called up for next week’s Euro 2012 qualifiers against the Czech Republic (Granada, March 25) and Lithuania (Kaunas, March 29).
It looks like the maxim the RFEF lives by, “the priority whenever there is something at play is always the senior team,” as the team had to cover the losses of Pedrito and Cesc, and did so by calling up Javitxu (!!!) and Juanín. Andoni Iraola was also called up to replace Carles Puyol. Other than that, there were no surprises and the team is probably the one we will see up to and during the Euro tournament.
Goalkeepers: Iker, Pepe, Valdés.
Defenders: Arbeloa, Albiol, Sergio Ramos, Capdevila, Marchena, Piqué, Iraola.
Midfielders: Xavi, Ineista, Busquets, Xabi, Cazorla, Javi (!!!) Martínez, Silva, Navas, Mata.
Forwards: Villa, Torres, Llorente.
The players are expected at Las Rozas on Tuesday, March 22.
Meanwhile, Luis Milla revealed his list for the U-21’s friendly against Belarus (March 28, Alcalá de Henares) a bit later on. The names in bold are additions with respect to the last list, and of course Juan Mata and Javi (!!!) Martínez will be joining the big boys, as stated above.
Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Rubén Miño.
Defenders: Mikel San José, Álvaro Domínguez, Martín Montoya, Andreu Fontàs, Dídac Vilà, Alberto Botia.
Midfielders: Thiago Alcántara, Rubén Pérez, Dani Parejo, Diego Capel,
Ander Herrera, Emilio Nsue, Jonathan Riera, Jordi Alba.
Forwards: Iker Muniain, Bojan Krkic, Adrián López Álvarez.