Vicente Del Bosque today named three new faces in his Spain squad for the friendly against Chile and the UEFA EURO 2012 qualifier with Liechtenstein. Atletico Madrid centre-half Alvaro Dominguez, Sporting Gijon defender Alberto Botia and Barcelona B man Martin Montoya were all called up.
Del Bosque argued it was a natural progression for players who starred in Spain's recent UEFA European Under-21 Championship triumph to move into senior contention. He said: "There are a few new names on the squad list but this does not mean we are eliminating anyone from future call-ups, such as (Carlos) Marchena and (Joan) Capdevila. "
We have taken this opportunity to bring in some youngsters, six kids who were champions of the Under-21 Euros. We will be able to learn more about them." Spain meet Chile in Geneva on 2 September before taking on Liechtenstein in a EURO 2012 qualifier four days later.
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Jose Reina (Liverpool), Víctor Valdes (Barcelona);
Midfielders: Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Santiago Cazorla (Malaga), Andres Iniesta, Thiago Alcantara, Xavi, Cesc Fabregas (all Barcelona), Javi Martinez (Athletic Bilbao);
Forwards: David Villa & Pedro (Barcelona), David Silva (Manchester City), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Alvaro Negredo (Sevilla), Juan Mata (Chelsea).