The National Selector had to make some harsh & difficult decisions as he incorporated the absent FC Barcelona & Athletic Club Bilbao Internationals which obviously could only come into the squad with departures. Some of the youngsters like De Gea & Isco returned home to incorporate themselves in the Spanish U-21 squad, but others will directly begin their holidays & watch the Euro 2012 competition at home.
The big surprise was the NO inclusion of ADRIAN who starred yesterday against Serbia, & the absences of Roberto Soldado, both will be bitterly disappointed. In their place Del Bosque called up PEDRO ( FC Barcelona ) who put in a "blinder" in the Spanish Cup Final with two goals, plus FERNANDO TORRES remains which - in my case - baffles me as his season as been weak & is substitute with Chelsea FC.
The new "kid" in the squad is JUANFRAN ( Atletico de Madrid) who comes in after Iroala ( At.Bilbao) has a injury cloud over him which caused doubts. CESC FABREGAS is called up as well even though he is injured but with doctors optimistic of a speedy recovery.
Having said this, the decision of Del Bosque has to be respected & he not be saved from criticism as it is the "Spanish Sport" to criticise & remember today's decisions tomorrow if things go badly. It is clear that Del Bosque has put importance in the GROUP over individual talents & places faith in players that contributed to win European & World Cup titles.
|Vicente del Bosque|
The list of 23 players are as follows:
Goalkeepers: Casillas, Valdes & Reina
Defenders: Arbeloa, Juanfran, Ramos, Pique, Albiol, Javi Martínez & Jordi Alba
Midfielders: Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Xavi, Iniesta, Cazorla, Mata, Silva & Cesc
Forwards: Navas, Pedro, Llorente, Torres & Negredo.