the first list!
At the RFEF this morning, Vicente del Bosque announced the list of players called up for Spain’s two upcoming friendlies against Serbia and South Korea. This is a preliminary list for the Eurocopa, since players from Chelsea, Barcelona and Athletic are not yet available. About half of the players on the list will most likely make the definitive list for the Eurocopa, which will be announced on May 27.
It appears that VDB used this unique opportunity to call up players that he has had an eye on for a while, but was not able to call up due to the fierce competition for a spot on La Roja, as this is certainly the best generation of players Spain has ever had. In addition, he has rewarded some players for outstanding seasons with their clubs.
The list of 21 players called up for the friendlies against Serbia on May 26 and South Korea on May 30 are:
Goalkeepers: Iker, Pepe Reina, David De Gea.
Defenders: Álvaro Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Raúl Albiol, Jordi Alba, Nacho Monreal, Juanfran Torres, Álvaro Domínguez.
Midfielders: Xabi Alonso, Santi Cazorla, Beñat Etxebarria, Isco, Javi García, Bruno Soriano, David Silva, Jesús Navas.
Forwards: Álvaro Negredo, Roberto Soldado, Adrián López.
It is possible that Juan Mata and Fernando Torres will join the team in time for the first friendly, as some of the called-up players will leave after the first friendly to play for the U-21 team, which has a Euro qualifier against Estonia on May 31.
This is the first ever call-up for Beñat Etxebarria, Isco, De Gea, Javi García, Adrián and Juanfran.
They are all due at the Ciudad de Fútbol at noon on May 21. From there, they will fly to Zürich on May 22 at 16h, and travel by bus to Schruns, where they’ll stay at the Hotel Löwen Schruns. On May 25, the team will travel to St. Gallen, and stay at the Radisson Blue Hotel there. They’ll play Serbia on May 26, and then return to Schruns, staying there until May 29, when they’ll head to Bern and the Hotel Schwizerhof Bern to play South Korea on May 30. The return to Madrid via Basel will take place right after the game.
Lots more La Roja to come, I just have to wrap things up on the other blog!