WORLD CUP 2010: Fernando Torres and Cesc Fabregas in Spain squad but Marcos Senna misses out

20 May 2010 02:54
Recovering duo Fernando Torres and Cesc Fabregas have both been included in Spain's final 23-man squad for the World Cup, along with uncapped trio Victor Valdes, Pedro Rodriguez and Javi Martinez.

But Marcos Senna, who starred in the Spain side which won the European championships in 2008, will not be involved.  

In the squad: Torres

Hoping to be fit: Fabregas

Liverpool striker Torres (knee) and Arsenal midfielder Fabregas (leg) are recovering from injuries that forced them to miss the end of the Premier League season, but both will go to South Africa this summer.   

'We still have some slight concerns but they have been included because the message we are getting from the medical staff is positive and they are expected to arrive at the championships at 100 percent,' Spain national coach Vincent del Bosque said.

Missing out: Marcos Senna has been axed from Spain's World Cup squad

Spain squad for World CupGOALKEEPERS: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Jose Reina (Liverpool), Victor Valdes(Barcelona);

DEFENDERS: Raul Albiol (Real Madrid, Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid),Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Gerard Pique(Barcelona), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid);

MIDFIELDERS: XabiAlonso (Real Madrid), Sergi Busquets (Barcelona), Cesc Fabregas(Arsenal), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Javi Martinez (Athletic Bilbao),David Silva (Valencia), Xavi (Barcelona);

FORWARDS: Jesus Navas (Sevilla), JuanManuel Mata (Valencia), Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona), Fernando Llorente(Athletic Bilbao), Fernando Torres (Liverpool), David Villa (Valencia).

Valdes got the third goalkeeping spot behind Iker Casillas and JoseReina while his Barcelona team-mate, winger Pedro, was also includedfollowing a fine season with the Primera Division champions. 

Athletic Bilbao midfielder Martinez is the other newcomer in a squad that has many of the same faces that won Euro 2008.

'We assessed the players' form over the balance of the season and weneed to take the best players regardless of age,' Del Bosque added.

Of Del Bosque's 30-man provisional squad for the World Cup, the men to miss out are goalkeepers Diego Lopez and David De Gea, defender Cesar Azpilicueta, midfielders Senna and Santi Cazorla, plus forwards Dani Guiza and Alvaro Negredo.  

Spain have been drawn against Switzerland, Chile and Honduras in Group H in South Africa.  

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Source: Daily_Mail