Spain Announce Official 2014 World Cup Squad

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  • Reigning World Cup holders Spain have announced their 23-man official squad for the 2014 tournament in Brazil this summer, with Manchester City pair Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo not featuring.

    Head coach Vicente del Bosque has however included Atletico Madrid's Alberto Costa in the 23-man squad, despite injury worries threatening to put a halt on the Brazil-born frontman's trip to his homeland to represent Spain this summer.

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    Costa was instrumental in Atletico Madrid's La Liga title-winning season, but played just nine minutes of the side's UEFA Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid. He will however make the trip to Brazil for the tournament which begins on 12 June, shaking off the hamstring injury suffered against Barcelona that has recently left him struggling.

    Chelsea's Fernando Torres - who scored twice in Spain's Euro 2012 final victory - makes the official squad, the striker backed up by David Villa, who starred in the previous World Cup by scoring five goals as Spain lifted the trophy.

    Torres is one of six Premier League players within the squad, joined by Chelsea team-mate Cesar Azpilicueta, Arsenal's Santi Cazorla and Manchester United duo Juan Mata and keeper David De Gea, local rivals City represented by midfielder David Silva.

    The biggest names dropped from del Bosque's selection includes the absence of Manchester City duo Negredo and Navas, the former having been deadly in front of goal for the league champions in 2013/14 having netted 23 goals in all competitions, while winger Navas also found the target six times including during the side's League Cup final win over Sunderland at Wembley.

    Spain begin their World Cup defence against the Netherlands on 13 June in a rematch of the 2010 final, also facing Chile and Australia in Group B. Compare Spain's betting odds for the 2014 World Cup here.


    Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Napoli), David De Gea (Manchester United)

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

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

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

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