the list for Uruguay
Spain takes on Uruguay in a friendly on Feb. 6 in Doha, Qatar. Today, Vicente del Bosque revealed the list of players called up for the game.
Goalkeepers: Víctor Valdés, Pepe Reina.
Defenders: Sergio Ramos, Gerard Piqué, Carles Puyol, César Azpilicueta, Jordi Alba, Álvaro Arbeloa, Nacho Monreal.
Midfielders: Andrés Iniesta, Cesc Fàbregas, Sergio Busquets, Santi Cazorla,
Xavi, Isco, Xabi Alonso, Mario Suárez.*
Forwards: David Villa, David Silva, Álvaro Negredo, Pedro Rodríguez, Juan Mata.
Isco and Azpi (Dave) are the relatively new faces; I love it when U-21 players “graduate” to the first team! Carles Puyol also returns after a long absence; the last time he played with the team was one year ago, for the friendly on Feb. 29 against Venezuela. This could be his 100th game! VDB said, “we’re pleased with his return. He has always been an example for everyone both on and off the field, and the other day he showed that once again with a gesture that has been appreciated in Madrid, which makes me very happy. He isn’t only appreciated by his club, but also by Madrid, which is good.”
With respect to the last call-up, this time around, Raúl Albiol, Beñat Etxebarria, Martín Montoya, Markel Susaeta, Javi Martínez, Jesús Navas and Roberto Soldado did not make it. And of course, neither did the injured Iker Casillas.
* Xabi finished the Liga game with pain in his pubis, so Mario Suárez has been called up to replace him; this is Mario’s first ever call-up. Then, Xavi finished his game with pain in his right leg and was subsequently removed from the list. [After Xabi’s injury was announced, he became a trending topic on twitter with very much hatred directed towards him (mostly from Barcelona supporters/press), questioning his commitment to Spain, saying that he had deliberately done this so he wouldn’t have to play, etc. Then when Xavi found himself in the same situation, his was reported as an injury. Come on people, can’t we be better than this?]