Spain name 23-man WC squad

Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque has announced the 23-man squad he will take to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, with the injured Diego Costa a notable inclusion.


Brazil-born Costa has been recovering from a hamstring injury suffered in the last La Liga game of the season against Barcelona, which he aggravated a week later in the Champions League final against Real Madrid.

As such, the 25-year-old was not expected to make the final squad, but Del Bosque has taken a gamble on his fitness for the tournament.

Fernando Torres and David Villa are the other two strikers, meaning there is no place for Manchester City’s Alvaro Negredo or Juventus front man Fernando Llorente.

In midfield, Atletico Madrid’s Koke keeps his spot, but Jesus Navas, Thiago Alcantara (injured) and recent debutant Ander Iturraspe are left out.

In defence, Juanfran, Javi Martinez and Raul Albiol get the nod ahead of young full-backs Alberto Moreno and Daniel Carvajal.

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is also included with former Barcelona stopper Victor Valdes currently recovering from a knee injury.

Spain’s 23-man World Cup squad:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina, David de Gea

Defenders: Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Raul Albiol, Javi Martinez, Jordi Alba, Cesar Azpilicueta, Juanfran Torres

Midfielders: Koke, Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Cesc Fabregas, Santi Cazorla, Pedro Rodriguez, Juan Mata, David Silva

Strikers: Fernando Torres, David Villa, Diego Costa