the list for Finland and France
Vicente del Bosque has announced the list of players called up for the upcoming 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Finland (March 22 in Gijón) and France (March 26 in Paris).
Goalkeepers: Víctor Valdés, Pepe Reina, David de Gea.
Defenders: Álvaro Arbeloa, Raúl Albiol, Sergio Ramos, César Azpilicueta, Gerard Piqué, Nacho Monreal, Jordi Alba.
Midfielders: Xabi Alonso, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Cesc Fàbregas, Sergio Busquets, Santi Cazorla, Javi García, Isco Alarcón, David Silva, Juan Mata, Jesús Navas.
Forwards: David Villa, Pedro Rodríguez, Álvaro Negredo.
The concentración begins on March 19 (Tuesday) at 10:30h.
Thoughts on the list?
VDB said, “this list has some peculiarities, as players such as Casillas, Torres or Puyol are absent, and this is unusual. Javi Martínez hasn’t played well and that’s why he’s not coming. When he begins to play well, he’ll be important for us. I have been in contact with Puyol, he wanted to come, but he has some pain and we preferred not to call him up because he’s not in the best condition. Fernando Torres is in the same situation as Javi, we’re not sure that he should be called up and that’s why we didn’t call him up.”
And for all you La Roja fans in the United States, according to Marca, Spain will be taking on Northern Ireland on June 6 in New Jersey (Red Bull Arena), and Haiti on June 11 in Fort Lauderdale (Lockhart Stadium), in warm-up games for the Confederations Cup. Is anyone planning on going?
Meanwhile, Julen Lopetegui has called up the following players for the U-21 team’s friendlies against Norway (Estadio Municipal Salto de Caballo, Toledo, March 21, 20:30h) and Russia (Estadio Municipal Santo Domingo, Alcorcón, March 25, 20:30h).
Goalkeepers: Diego Mariño, Joel Robles.
Defenders: Martín Montoya, Carles Planas, Marc Bartra, Marc Muniesa, Nacho Fernández, Iñigo Martínez, Jordi Amat.
Midfielders: Koke Resurrección, Thiago Alcántara, Juan Carlos Pérez, Pablo Sarabia, Nacho Camacho, Asier Illarramendi, Sergio Canales
Forwards: Iker Muniain, Cristian Tello, Rodrigo Moreno, Álvaro Vázquez
The team will begin its concentración on March 18 at 13h.