Fernando Torres and Cesar Azpilicueta have both been named in Vicente Del Bosque’s final 23-man Spain squad for this summer’s World Cup.
Torres will be appearing at his third World Cup, having also represented Spain in 2006 and last time out in 2010, when they won the competition for the first time.
It will be Torres’s eighth major international tournament in total, but just the second for Cesar Azpilicueta, who played in last summer’s Confederations Cup, also in Brazil.
The duo featured in Spain’s 2-0 win over Bolivia last night, in which Torres opened the scoring from the penalty spot. Azpilicueta played the full 90 minutes at right-back.
Torres has won 107 caps for his country, scoring 37 goals, while last night’s appearance was Azpilicueta’s sixth in a Spain shirt.
Del Bosque, who guided Spain to the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championships in 2012, has included 16 members of the group that triumphed in South Africa four years ago. Only Azpilicueta, David De Gea, Koke and Diego Costa will be making their maiden outing at a World Cup or European Championships.
There is no place in the squad for the Manchester City pair of Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo, while Fernando Llorente of Juventus was another striker left disappointed by Del Bosque. Our former midfielder Juan Mata is named in the final 23.
The full squad is:
Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina, David De Gea; Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Raul Albiol, Javi Martinez, Juanfran, Jordi Alba, Cesar Azpilicueta; Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Andres Iniesta, Koke, Sergio Busquets, Santi Cazorla, Cesc Fabregas, Juan Mata, David Silva; Pedro, Diego Costa, David Villa, Fernando Torres.