Spain Names 23-Man Squad For World Cup 2014: Several Stars Miss Out

Spain manager Vicente del Bosque has named his 23-man squad for World Cup 2014 today. And while the squad is brimming with talent, there are several key players who will be watching the tournament on television instead of playing in Brazil.

Del Bosque has decided that there’s no room on the squad for Manchester City’s Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas. The same can be said for Juventus striker Fernando Llorente as well as Real Madrid defender Daniel Carvajal.

Meanwhile, the Spain manager has made room to include Diego Costa, Fernando Torres, Juanfran, Juan Mata and David Villa, who may be signing a deal with MLS this week.

The complete 23-man World Cup squad from Spain is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina, David de Gea

Defenders: Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Raoul Albiol, Javi Martinez, Jordi Alba, Cesar Azpilicueta, Juanfran Torres

Midfielders: Koke, Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fabregas, Santi Cazorla, Pedro Rodriguez, Juan Mata, David Silva

Strikers: Fernando Torres, David Villa, Diego Costa

12 thoughts on “Spain Names 23-Man Squad For World Cup 2014: Several Stars Miss Out”

    1. Torres instead of Llorente is a joke. I know this is a tad devious and insensitive but i was hoping that Costa was too injured to play and got left out for abusing the fifa nationality change rule.

  1. JTM, I actually disagree. Since coming back from injury its looked like Negredo has forgotten how to play football altogether. Torres doesnt score much but he brings more to the table football-wise at the moment.
    Besides, i think neither were going to play much. It will probably be Villa at CF if they dont go with Cesc there.

      1. No i didnt. I was out all night. Never said he was gonna score. Just said he cant be worse than Negredo right now.

        And hey, his misses are entertaining. And aint that what we watch for?

  2. Spain needs to bench Xavi and go with Alonso, Busquets and Fabregas in the midfield. Iniesta, Villa and Silva up front.

    If they play Xavi, drop Villa and play Fabregas in the 9 position like Euro 2012.

    1. Yeah like spain were gonna play 4-4-2 with 2 big, physical (and at times clumsy) strikers doing the same job. Good one.

  3. Rumour has it the Spanish Football Association caved to outside pressure in selecting Torres.

    They were contacted by a variety of international betting companies and asked to take Torres. If they hadn’t, nobody would bet against Spain winning the Cup.


  4. Torres always turns up for Spain despite being horrible for Chelsea. That’s why he was chosen. Taking Costa is a risk. Leaving out Navas is a strange one since he is the only player they have that gives them width.

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