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Spain name Confederations Cup squad

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 27 May 2013

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Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has named an initial 26-man squad for the Confederations Cup, with Fernando Torres included.

The 62-year-old coach will cut his squad down by three once he knows who has avoided injury in the final round of La Liga fixtures and is ready for the tournament in Brazil.

Captain Iker Casillas returns to the squad having not been involved for the World Cup qualifiers against France and Finland due to injury.

The experienced Real Madrid goalkeeper replaces Manchester United’s David De Gea, who will be with the Under-21 team for the European Championships in Israel.

There is also a recall for Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, who impressed at Stamford Bridge towards the end of the season under the leadership of Rafael Benitez .

The 29-year-old has found the net 23 times for his club in 2012-13 – including the opening goal in the UEFA Europa League final against Benfica – and has replaced Malaga playmaker Isco in Del Bosque’s squad.

Real Betis’ Benat Extebarria has been rewarded for an impressive campaign with a call-up to the squad that also sees Bayern Munich’s Javi Martinez return two days after picking up the UEFA Champions League trophy.

Squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Victor Valdes (Barcelona) and Pepe Reina (Liverpool).

Defenders: Sergio Ramos, Alvaro Arbeloa and Raul Albiol (all Real Madrid), Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba (both Barcelona), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) and Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

Midfielders: Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Cesc Fabregas (all Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Javi García and David Silva (both Manchester City), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich), Jesus Navas (Sevilla) and Benat Extebarria (Real Betis) .

Forwards: Juan Mata and Fernando Torres (both Chelsea), David Villa and Pedro (both Barcelona), Roberto Soldado (Valencia).

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