Friendly international: Spain vs Portugal
Betis winger Joaquín was the only uncapped player in José Antonio Camacho's 20-man squad for next Wednesday's friendly match with Portugal at the Olympic stadium in Barcelona. The 20 year old youngster has done well at junior level and is catching the eye of many of the big clubs this season. Guardiola is unavailable as FIFA extended his ban to friendly games, and Raúl and Hierro are both out injured, but there are still five Real Madrid players in the squad, with Salgado returning after a two year absence. Guardiola and Raúl's places will be taken by Baraja and Tamudo, who are both recalled. The full squad is as follows:
Keepers: Casillas (Real Madrid), Cañizares (Valencia).
Defenders: Téllez (Alavés), Pujol and Sergi (Barcelona), Juanfran (Celta), Michel Salgado (Real Madrid), Nadal (Mallorca), Curro Torres (Valencia).
Midfielders: Xavi (Barcelona), Joaquín (Betis), Valerón (Deportivo), Mendieta (Lazio), Iván Helguera (Real Madrid), Baraja and Vicente (Valencia).
Forwards: Diego Tristán (Deportivo), Tamudo (Espanyol), Morientes and Munitis (Real Madrid).
The selection is a good indication of who is in the running for this summer's World Cup. It will also allow Camacho to pit his side against another of the World Cup qualifiers, who include of course Real Madrid's Figo, who is returning to the Catalan capital for only the third time since his controversial move from FC Barcelona. (08.02.02)