World Cup 2014: Del Bosque names squad & looks to build on 2010 success

Originally featured on the TalkingTikiTaka – WC2014 Blog

There are spaces for Fernando Torres and Fernando Llorente as Vicente Del Bosque named his 30 man provisional squad for this summers FIFA World Cup this week. Although a 23 man squad has not yet been fully decided, an early injury to Bayern Munich centre midfielder Thiago may make his decision between the likes of taking either Juan Mata and Santi Cazorla a little easier as Del Bosque will look to embark on securing a consecutive World Cup. The decision between taking either Mata or Cazorla had been highlighted by many as Del Bosque’s biggest in whittling it down from 30 players to 23 but it looks like both are set to be joining the other six Barclays Premier League players in the squad with the likes of David De Gea and Manchester City’s spanish trio of Alvaro Negredo, David Silva and Jesus Navas all making the provisional squad. There are also notable call up’s for young full backs with Chelsea right back Cesar Azpilicueta and Sevilla’s promising left back Alberto Moreno being chosen as the preferred option to Real Madrid’s Alvaro Arbeloa and Valencia’s Juan Bernat.

Roberto Soldado who has featured regularly for Spain in the past couple of years misses out after a poor first season in English football, whilst the uncapped Ander Iturraspe of Bilbao and Real Madrid’s Dani Carvajal also make it into the Spanish national squad for the World Cup. Both have been crucial domestically this season, with Iturraspe in particular playing a vital role in Bilbao’s quest for Champions League football in the 13/14 season whilst Carvajal has slowly become Real Madrid’s first choice right back after a solid season in La Liga. An announcement reducing the 30 man squad to a squad of 23 is expected soon before Spain begin a tough World Cup campaign in Group B facing the Netherlands, Australia and the dark horse of the competition Chile.

If your face fits: Spain reveal the players who make up their 30-man provisional squad

The Spanish 30 man provisional squad in full:

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

Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Alberto Moreno (Sevilla), Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich), Raul Albiol (Napoli), Juanfran Torres (Atlético Madrid), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Koke (Atlético Madrid), Ander Iturraspe (Athletic Bilbao), Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona), Jesus Navas (Manchester City), David Silva (Manchester City), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Juan Mata (Manchester United), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)

Forwards: Diego Costa (Atlético Madrid), David Villa (Atlético Madrid) Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Alvaro Negredo (Manchester City), Fernando Llorente (Juventus)


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