Spain name strong squad for England friendly

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Updated: November 7, 2011

The current World and European champions have named a strong squad for their friendly game with England this Saturday.

Coach Vincente del Bosque has not given any of his big names a rest and instead will use the game as vital preparation for next summer’s European Championships which Spain qualified for thanks to a 100% records in the qualifiers.
There are four familiar faces in the squad to face Fabio Capello’s England with Premier League based Juan Mata, Fernando Torres, David Silva and Jose Reina all included.

Del Bosque said: “Before submitting the squad list for the Euros we have only three (more) games.
“There will be some games to come after the squad get together, but we have to make the most of these matches.
“England are a great team, and we will be playing in an extraordinary stadium.
“We tailor these games to be the best they can be for the team and for the federation.”

The coach has selected the same squad which saw them qualify so easily and the game could see the return of former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabreags to London. Fabregas left Arsenal during the summer to join boy hood favourites Barcelona and it will be interesting to see what sort of reception he will get at Wembley from the England fans.

Liverpool’s Pepe Reina is included as mentioned but he is unlikely to start ahead of Real Madrid’s Iker Casillas. There is no place for David de Gea of Manchester United as he looks for his first senior cap despite guiding the U21s to European glory during the summer.

After facing England, Spain travel to Costa Rica on November 15 for another friendly. The games might see the return of Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta who missed Spain’s last two qualifiers through injury while there is a recall for Sevilla winger Jesus Navas who has been constantly linked with a move to England.

Spain squad to face England: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Jose Reina (Liverpool), Victor Valdes (Barcelona); Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Jordi Alba (Valencia), Raul Albiol (Real Madrid), Nacho Monreal (Malaga); Xavi (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Santi Cazorla (Malaga), Javi Martinez (Athletic Bilbao), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona); David Villa (Barcelona), David Silva (Manchester City), Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Juan Mata (Chelsea), Jesus Navas (Sevilla).

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