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Aragonés finds no place for Baraja

Published: Monday 15 May 2006, 20.14CET
Spain coach Luis Aragonés has left established duo Rubén Baraja and Fernando Morientes out of his the 23-man party for the FIFA World Cup finals.
by Lucy Turner
from Barcelona

Published: Monday 15 May 2006, 20.14CET

Aragonés finds no place for Baraja

Spain coach Luis Aragonés has left established duo Rubén Baraja and Fernando Morientes out of his the 23-man party for the FIFA World Cup finals.

Spain coach Luis Aragonés has named his squad for next month's FIFA World Cup finals with established duo Rubén Baraja and Fernando Morientes both left out of the 23-man party for Germany.

Quartet omitted
Valencia CF midfielder Baraja and Liverpool FC striker Morientes were two of four players called for a one-day gathering in Madrid last week to fail to make the cut, alongside defensive duo Joan Capdevila of FC Deportivo La Coruña and Villarreal CF's Javi Venta.

Best players
"These are my best players from now on," said Aragonés. "Of course there are players who deserve to be in the list, but I've thought about the team and the stability of the squad. I know there are strong sides like Germany and also the African nations, but I went for a young team that defends well without the ball and attacks when it does have the ball."

Finals test
Spain will play Ukraine, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia in Group H at the finals starting on 9 June. Beforehand they face friendly matches against Russia on 27 May, Egypt on 3 June and Croatia four days later.

Spain squad
Goalkeepers: Santiago Cañizares (Valencia CF), Iker Casillas (Real Madrid CF), José Manuel Reina (Liverpool FC).

Defenders: Míchel Salgado (Real Madrid CF), Carles Puyol (FC Barcelona), Pablo Ibáñez (Club Atlético de Madrid), Carlos Marchena (Valencia CF), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid CF), Juanito Gutiérrez (Real Betis Balompié), Antonio López (Club Atlético de Madrid), Asier del Horno (Chelsea FC).

Midfielders: Xavi Hernández (FC Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Liverpool FC), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal FC), David Albelda (Valencia CF), Marcos Senna (Villarreal CF), Joaquín Sánchez (Real Betis Balompié), Luis García (Liverpool FC), Andrés Iniesta (FC Barcelona).

Forwards: David Villa (Valencia CF), Fernando Torres (Club Atlético de Madrid), José Antonio Reyes (Arsenal FC), Raúl González (Real Madrid CF).

Last updated: 15/05/06 20.15CET

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