Spain coach Del Bosque picks experimental squad for Ecuador friendly

Reuters, Friday 9 Aug 2013

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque rewarded a number of younger players with call ups to an experimental 21-man squad on Friday, for next Wednesday's friendly away to Ecuador in Guayaquil

Spain's national team (Photo: Reuters)

The world and European champions return to action for the first time since losing the Confederations Cup final 3-0 to Brazil on June 30.

 They do so with regulars such as Gerard Pique, Xavi and Sergio Busquets rested and replaced by fringe players and members of Spain's Under-21 side, who were crowned European champions in Israel in June.

The squad was released through the team's official Twitter feed @sefutbol.

Spain are on course to qualify for the World Cup finals in Brazil next year as they top Group I with 11 points from five games, a point ahead of France, with three left to play.

Their next qualifier is away to third-placed Finland in Helsinki on Sept 6.


Goalkeepers:Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Victor Valdes (Barcelona), Pepe Reina (Napoli)

Defenders:Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Raul Albiol (Napoli), Inigo Martinez (Real Sociedad)

Midfielders:Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Isco (Real Madrid), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Koke (Atletico Madrid)

Forwards:Jesus Navas (Manchester City), David Silva (Manchester City), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Alvaro Negredo (Manchester City), Fernando Llorente (Juventus), Cristian Tello (Barcelona)

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