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Del Bosque Names Squad For England Friendly

Vicente del Bosque has named his squad for the February 11th friendly versus England in Sevilla.  Barcelona players Gerard Piqué & Sergi Busquets got their 1st ever call up for La Furia. Piqué was called up to provide cover in case Valencia’s Raúl Albiol & Barca’s Carles Puyol are not fit.  

Busquets replaces injured Arsenal midfielder, Cesc Fàbregas.  The duo’s inclusion makes 5 players from the Blaugrana on the team.  That is the most along with Liverpool’s 5 representatives.  Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente was a bit of a surprise especially when there is Álvaro Negredo Sánchez of Almeria having a breakout season.

Here is the complete list of players for the February 11th match:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid) y José Manuel Reina (Liverpool/ING)

Defenders: Raúl Albiol &  Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Álvaro Arbeloa (Liverpool/ENG), Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Juan Gutiérrez “Juanito” (Real Betis), Gerard Piqué & Carles Puyol (FC Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

Midfielders: Xabi Alonso & Albert Riera (Liverpool/ENG), Sergi Busquets, Xavi Hernández, & Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona), Santiago Cazorla & Marcos Senna (Villarreal), David Silva (Valencia).

Forwards: Daniel Güiza (Fenerbahce/TUR), Fernando Llorente (Athletic), Fernando Torres (Liverpool/ENG), David Villa (Valencia).

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