ONE. Today is the big day, when the boys get back together again! However, before they meet up at Las Rozas, they have some other things to attend to first. Fernando Torres will be in his hometown of Fuenlabrada to receive a tribute from the city, and to check out how work is going on a sports center that will be named after him. Andrés Iniesta and David Villa will be at Madrid’s wax museum to inaugurate the wax versions of themselves. And many players will be at Chocrón jewelers this morning to receive a special watch as a bonus for winning the World Cup. The training session – it almost seems as if it’s an afterthought, doesn’t it – will take place in the afternoon at 18:30h.
TWO. Looking ahead to the games, Xavi of course has the chance to earn his 100th cap with Spain, thus becoming only the fourth player (and only second non-goalkeeper) in Spanish football history to do so. Andoni Iraola makes his return to the team for the first time since playing in a friendly against Austria on Nov. 18, 2009.
THREE. Meanwhile, the “second” U-21 team, that for the friendly against France, has already begun training at Las Rozas. They’ll be leaving for France this morning, where they’ll play in Reims on Thursday.