Spain unveil Confeds squad
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque today named his 23-man squad for the forthcoming FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa.
Spain, the reigning European champions, have been drawn alongside Iraq, New Zealand and hosts South Africa in Group A for the competition. Group B consists of world champions Italy, Brazil, USA and Egypt. Having unveiled a strong pool that includes world-renowned names such as Torres, Iniesta, Villa, Xavi and Casillas, Del Bosque said that he was going to South Africa to compete for the title.
"We have to enhance this competition which has been won by big teams," said the Spain coach. "All the teams taking part will be there with their best players so we will also go with our best team. We have six young guys, who could compete with the U-21s; this is the best system of renovation, although the base of the team are the players from EURO 2008. We want to win."
Del Bosque's side begin their tournament against New Zealand on 14 June, before then meeting Iraq three days later and South Africa on 20 June. The top two teams from each group go through to the semi-finals, with the final scheduled to be held on 28 June.
Prior to the competition Spain will play Azerbaijan in a friendly on 9 June in Baku.
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Jose Manuel Reina (Liverpool), Diego Lopez (Villarreal)
Defenders: Carles Puyol (FC Barcelona), Raul Albiol (Valencia), Arbeloa (Liverpool), Gerard Pique (FC Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Joan Capdevilla (Villarreal)
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (FC Barcelona), Santiago Cazorla (Villarreal), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Xabi Alonso (Liverpool), Andres Iniesta (FC Barcelona), David Silva (Valencia), Juan Manuel Mata (Valencia), Xavi, (FC Barcelona), Albert Riera (Liverpool)