the list for Finland and Chile
Vicente del Bosque has announced the list of players called up for the upcoming World Cup qualifier (the third to last one) against Finland in Helsinki on Sept. 6, and the friendly against Chile in Geneva on Sept. 10.
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina, Víctor Valdés.
Defenders: Álvaro Arbeloa, Raúl Albiol, Sergio Ramos,
Iñigo Martínez, Jordi Alba, Nacho Monreal, Nacho Fernández.*
Midfielders: Koke Resurrección, Santi Cazorla,
Sergio Busquets, Mario Suárez, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Jesús Navas, David Silva, Isco Alarcón, Cesc Fàbregas, Javi García.*
Forwards: Álvaro Negredo, Roberto Soldado, Pedro Rodríguez, David Villa.
* Iñigo and Sergio Busquets both suffered muscle injuries in this weekend’s games, and therefore on Sept. 2 VDB called up Nacho Fernández and Javi García to substitute them. This is Nacho’s first-ever call-up with the senior team.
With respect to the last list, Thiago and Javi Martínez are missing due to injury, while Cristian Tello and Fernando Llorente didn’t make it due to the coach’s decision.
The (relative) newcomers are Iñigo (who tweeted about how happy he was), Koke and Mario; all three have been called up on one occasion before. Speaking of call ups, this is Iker’s 178th, Xavi’s 139th and Pepe’s 122nd, as well as Sergio’s 120th, Cesc’ 100th, Busquets’ 70th and Jordi Alba’s 30th.
The concentración at Las Rozas begins on Sept. 3, and the team will depart for Finland the next day, staying at the Hotel Kämp in Helsinki. The game will be played on Sept. 6 at 20:30h (Spain time), and the team will return to Madrid after the game. The boys will then prepare for the friendly against Chile at the Ciudad de Fútbol until Sept. 9, when they travel to Switzerland for the game on Sept. 10 at 20h.
(Boo, no Azpi!)
As for the U-21 team, Julen Lopetegui also announced his list of players for the next 2015 U-21 qualifiers against Austria in Graz on Sept. 5, and against Albania on Sept. 9 in Logroño. It’s a mixture of players who played in this summer’s U-21 Euro and U-20 World Cup.
Goalkeepers: Fernando Pacheco, Dani Sostres.
Defenders: Sergi Gómez, Dani Carvajal,
Derik Osede, Alberto Moreno, Marc Muniesa, Jordi Amat, Javier Manquillo.*
Midfielders: Suso Fernández, Óliver Torres, Sergi Roberto, Carles Gil, Gerard Deulofeu, Pablo Sarabia, Rubén Pardo, Saúl Ñíguez, Pedro Obiang.
Forwards: Iker Muniain, Jesé Rodríguez, Álvaro Morata.
* Javier Manquillo was called up to replace Derik, who is suffering from back problems.
Their concentración begins on Sept. 2, and they will train at the Ciudad de Fútbol before traveling to Graz via Vienna on Sept. 3.