Marcos Senna, Euro 2008 winner, has been left out of the final Spanish 23-man squad for this Summer’s 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The Brazilian-born midfielder has been plagued with injuries this season, managing to play only eight games with his domestic side Villareal.
Three uncapped players have included in Spain’s side: Athletico Bilbao’s Javi Martinez and Barcelon’s Victor Valdes and Pedro.
Spanish boss Vicente del Bosque has also included Cesc Fabregas, Adres Iniesta and Fernando Torres despite all three currently suffering injuries.Fabregas suffered a cracked fibula during Arsenal’s 2-2 Champion’s League quarter-final first-leg tie against Barcelona back in March, meanwhile Reds striker Fernando Torres is currently recovering after undergoing knee surgery.However, the Spanish boss is confident that they will all be at full fitness in time for the start of Span’s World Cup campaign.
"We have a very vigilant recovery programme for them," said Del Bosque, whose side face Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Poland in pre-tournament friendlies.
"All the information we’ve received has been positive and they should be 100% for the tournament."
Valdes has also been included due to a season in good form with Champion’s of Europe, Barcelona.22-year-old Pedro has also made himself a squad choice after scoring 22 goals over all competitions with the Catalans, scoring on his ‘El Classico’ debut against rivals Real Madrid.
Fernando Llorente has been selected over striker Dani Guiza who featured on the Euro 2008 team.
"They have had a good season, they are coming to strengthen a squad as substitutes for other players," said del Bosque said of the newcomers.
Spain play their first match of the World Cup against Switzerland on June 16th, with William Hill offering 3/10 odds of the Spaniards winning their initial match.