Spain Squad for the Euros Qualifiers against Czech Republic and Lithuania!
While everybody was distracted by the shiny UEFA Champions League draw, our Wise Walrus, Vicente del Bosque, gave the squad that will face the Czech Republic (at Granada, March 25th) and Lithuania (at Kaunas, March 29th).
Without further ado…
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Liverpool), Víctor Valdés (FC Barcelona)
Defenders: Álvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Raúl Albiol (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Piqué (FC Barcelona), Carlos Marchena (Villarreal), Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), ANDONI IRAOLA (Athletic de Bilbao)
Midfielders: Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets (FC Barcelona), Javi Martínez (Athletic de Bilbao), Santi Cazorla (Villarreal), Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona), Xavi Hernández (FC Barcelona)
Forwards: Juan Mata (Valencia CF), David Villa (FC Barcelona), David Silva (Manchester City), Fernando Llorente (Athletic de Bilbao), Fernando Torres (Chelsea FC), Jesús Navas (Sevilla).
Sooo… we have a newbie!!! At last! Even if it’s just because Carles Puyol is still injured, Andoni Iraola gives us hope that Del Bosque’s call-ups are not set in stone! (yes, I know he’s had his debut with La Roja already and played a few friendlies, but let me get excited at seeing a new face, will you?) He is a RB that can make do as a LB, which means that Del Bosque maybe will give a try at my idea of putting Ramos as CB and see what happens (unlikely, it’ll be Albiol-Piqué, but a blogger can dream…)
Pedro Rodríguez and Cesc Fábregas are out through injury too, so Javi Martínez and Juanín Mata come back from their U21s duty to fill those places. And that’s it. That’s all the joy and excitement. Everything else is business as usual in the Land of Walruses.
Next week, there’ll be previews for both matches, which hopefully will follow the winning ways of our qualifiers so far, and not the sucky ones of the friendlies…
Call up for the March 24th U21s friendly against France: Joel Robles Blázquez and Fran Mérida Pérez (Atlético de Madrid), Marc Bartra Aregall and Carles Planas Antolinez (FC Barcelona), Daniel Sánchez Ayala (Derby County), Álvaro Vázquez García (Espanyol), Francisco Femenia Far “Kiko” (Hércules), Daniel Pacheco Lobato (Liverpool), Ignacio Camacho Barnola and José Luis García del Pozo “Recio” (Málaga), Sergio Canales Madrazo, José Ignacio Fernández Iglesias “Nacho” and Juan Carlos Pérez López (Real Madrid), Asier Illarramendi Andonegui (Real Sociedad), Rodrigo Ríos Lozano (Sevilla), Mario Gaspar Pérez Martínez, Iago Falqué Silvaand Diego Mariño Villar (Villarreal).
Call up for the March 28th U21s friendly against Belarus: Mikel San José and Iker Muniain (Athletic de Bilbao), Alberto Botia (Sporting), David De Gea and Álvaro Domínguez (Atlético de Madrid), Bojan Krkic, Thiago Alcántara, Rubén Miño, Martín Montoya and Andreu Fontás (FC Barcelona), Adrián López and Rubén Pérez (Deportivo de La Coruña), Emilio N’Sue (Mallorca), Daniel Parejo (Getafe), Jonathan Viera (Las Palmas), Didac Vila (AC Milan), Diego Capel (Sevilla), Jordi Alba (Valencia), and Ander Herrera (Zaragoza).
Apparently, considering that these are just *friendlies*, Milá decided to call up a ton of promising young youngsters, enough that he could make two squads! Awesome! I hope Our Wise Walrus sees this!
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