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Short-staffed Spain bound for Greece

Published: Friday 17 August 2007, 21.43CET
Luis Aragonés has left the injured Carles Puyol, Antonio Puerta, Javi Navarro and Joan Capdevila out of his 18-man Spain squad for a friendly in Greece.
 
Published: Friday 17 August 2007, 21.43CET

Short-staffed Spain bound for Greece

Luis Aragonés has left the injured Carles Puyol, Antonio Puerta, Javi Navarro and Joan Capdevila out of his 18-man Spain squad for a friendly in Greece.

Luis Aragonés has left the injured Carles Puyol,Antonio Puerta, Javi Navarro and Joan Capdevila out of his 18-man Spain squad for Wednesday's friendly in Greece.

'Tough call'
"It's been a tough call because it's the pre-season," said Aragonés, who has recalled Club Atlético de Madrid defenders Pablo Álvarez and Mariano Pernía. "Some players take longer to get fit than others but from what we've seen we've picked the fittest. The national team needs extraordinary players - that's what football is about. The coach cannot play. I always try to be as fair as I can and I've only picked 18 players because we won't be training much before the game." Four successive wins have left Spain second in UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group F.

Spain squad
Goalkeepers:
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid CF), Pepe Reina (Liverpool FC).

Defenders: Pablo Álvarez (Club Atlético de Madrid), Mariano Pernía (Club Atlético de Madrid), Juanito Gutiérrez (Real Betis Balompié), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid CF), Carlos Marchena (Valencia CF).

Midfielders: Xabi Alonso (Liverpool FC), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal FC), Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona), David Silva (Valencia CF), Xavi Hernández (FC Barcelona), David Albelda (Valencia CF), Miguel Ángel Angulo (Valencia CF), Joaquín Sánchez (Valencia CF).

Forwards: David Villa (Valencia CF), Fernando Torres (Liverpool FC), Luis García (RCD Espanyol).

 
Last updated: 17/08/07 17.13CET

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