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Navas and Negredo out, Torres and Villa in Spain squad

| 01.06.2014

Manchester City winger Jesus Navas and striker Alvaro Negredo have both failed to make the cut onto Spain’s final 23-man roster for the World Cup finals, despite winning the Premier League title this season.

Both were out of Manuel Pellegrini’s XI in the run-in. Club teammate David Silva is included by La Roja boss Vicente del Bosque, however, alongside Chelsea frontman Fernando Torres, who converted a penalty in the recent 2-0 win over Bolivia.

Four more Premier League players are in the squad, with Blues full back Cesar Azpilicueta, Manchester United pair David de Gea and Juan Mata, and Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla off to Brazil.

Atletico Madrid attackers David Villa and Brazilian-born Diego Costa are named, although the latter has struggled with a hamstring problem in their La Liga title winning run-in. Vicente Calderon teammates Koke and Juanfran join them in Spanish ranks.

La Roja captain Iker Casillas and defender Sergio Ramos, both Champions League winners with Real Madrid, remain mainstays of the squad, alongside Bernabeu colleague Xabi Alonso, who missed the final through suspension.

Despite a season without a trophy, there are Spain calls for seven Barcelona players. Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fabregas, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Gerard Pique and Pedro Rodriguez will all hope for better in Brazil.

On-loan Napoli goalie Pepe Reina and defender Raul Albiol complete Del Bosque’s picks between the sticks and at the back. Bayern Munich anchor Javi Martinez, who can also operate centre half, is the final inclusion.

Martinez’s Allianz teammate Thiago Alcantara is injured, while big Basque centre forward Fernando Llorente (Juventus) does not make the cut and ex-Athletic Bilbao colleague Ander Iturraspe is also dropped.

This tournament comes too early for young full backs Daniel Carvajal and Alberto Moreno, while versatile defender Alvaro Arbeloa was not even named in the preliminary squad.

Del Bosque’s boys have been drawn in Group B alongside the Netherlands, the nation they beat in the final in South Africa; Chile and Australia. Spain are odds-on with Coral at 8/11 to top this pool, and 13/2 to retain their global crown.

Spain’s final World Cup roster
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), David de Gea (Manchester United), Pepe Reina (Napoli, on loan from Liverpool)

Defenders: Jordi Alba and Gerard Pique (both Barcelona); Raul Albiol (Napoli), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid); Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fabregas, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta (all Barcelona); Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich)

Forwards: Diego Costa and David Villa (both Atletico Madrid), Juan Mata (Manchester United), Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona), David Silva (Manchester City), Fernando Torres (Chelsea)



Jamie Clark

Athletics aficionado, die-hard snooker fan and Crystal Palace supporter Jamie has written for Coral since February 2014 after spells with Soccerlens and the Press Association as a digital journalist and copywriter. A former East Midlands sports correspondent and Bwin tipster, he is a graduate of both the University of York and University of Sheffield, with a Masters in web journalism from the latter.