Torres And Mata Given The Nod For Spain

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  • Despite neither enjoying the best of seasons in this year's Premier League, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata have both been named in Spain's preliminary 30-man squad for the 2014 World Cup.

    Torres made just 16 Premier League starts for Chelsea - scoring five goals - while Mata was all but frozen out at Stamford Bridge before moving to this season's underperformers Manchester United in January.

    The pair are both joined by other players at their clubs, with Mata's uncapped colleague David De Gea being drafted in to replace the injured goalkeeper Victor Valdez and Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta also making the cut.

    A further five English-based players are included - as Manchester City's attacking trio of David Silva, Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo are joined by Arsenal's Santi Cazorla and Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, who spent the season on loan at Napoli.

    Spain manager Vicente del Bosque has also chosen to include inexperienced Athletico Bilbao midfielder Ander Iturraspe and Real Madrid's Daniel Carvajal. However, Real’s Alvaro Arbeloa and Isco both miss out, along with Tottenham forward Roberto Soldado.

    Experienced Arbeloa helped the current World and European Champions to their first World Cup four years ago - as well as also being part of both squads that won back-to-back European Championships in 2008 and 2012 - but will not feature in the defence of their title, nor will the highly rated playmaker Isco.

    The Brazilian-born Diego Costa - who has agreed to join Torres' Chelsea side in a deal worth a rumoured £32 million - could also be given the chance to add to his two International caps for Spain, after the Atletico Madrid star committed himself to Espana in November 2013.

    Along with Costa, del Bosque has included a further seven players from the two Madrid sides that will contest the Champions League Final - three from Atletico and four from Real - the day before he announces his final squad on May 25.

    One of the few European nations expected to be able to deal with the soaring temperatures in South America, Spain begin the defence of their crown with a repeat of the 2010 World Cup Final - as Netherlands are their opening Group B opponents on June 13. Click here to compare odds for Spain to win World Cup 2014.

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