Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has been named ahead of Roberto Soldado and Adrian Lopez in Spain’s Euro 2012 squad.
The £50 million man has scored only a dozen goals in 18 months of club football, yet Vicente del Bosque still chose to take ‘El Nino’ to Poland and Ukraine instead of 27-goal Soldado and Europa League winner Adrian, who marked his Spanish senior debut with a goal and an assist against Serbia on Saturday.
With David Villa still unfit following a leg-break in December, Alvaro Negredo and Fernando Llorente also get the nod up front and now look set to battle it out with Torres for one position in Del Bosque’s starting XI.
Meanwhile, Sevilla flier Jesus Navas is included and fellow winger Pedro has been called back into the squad after missing the clash with Serbia due to the Barcelona-Athletic Bilbao Copa del Rey final on Friday.
Spain’s 23 chosen men will now be tasked with retaining the trophy they won four years ago and if you think they can do it, bwin is the only place you should be backing them. We price the holders at a market-leading 11/4.
Victor Valdes, Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, Javi Martinez and Llorente also return, but there is no place for Barca starlet Thiago Alcantara.
Vice-skipper Carlos Puyol had already been ruled out through a knee-ligament injury so Raul Albiol is set to deputise, despite limited first-team opportunities at Real Madrid.
Liverpool’s Pepe Reina, Manchester City’s David Silva and Chelsea’s Juan Mata all secured inclusion but there is no place for Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.
Spain’s 23 chosen men will now be tasked with retaining the trophy they won four years ago and if you think they can do it, bwin is the only place you should be backing them.
We price the holders at a market-leading 11/4, which means anyone lumping on them with their free £25 bet for registering would pocket a cool £68.75 if they do go all the way once again.
Spain squad for Euro 2012:
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina, (Liverpool), Victor Valdes (Barcelona)
Defenders: Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid), Jordi Alba (Valencia), Raul Albiol (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona)
Midfielders: Javi Martinez (Athletic Bilbao), Xavi (Barcelona), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), David Silva (Manchester City), Santi Cazorla (Malaga), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Juan Mata (Chelsea), Jesus Navas (Sevilla), Pedro (Barcelona),
Strikers: Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Alvaro Negredo (Sevilla)
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