International squad

A couple of surprises in Spain's 19 man squad to play Italy next week, Iñaki Sáez calling up the uncapped Luis García and bringing back Manuel Pablo for his first appearance since recovering from a long injury. Raúl Bravo and Xavi also get recalls, and Gabri, Guti, Luque and Salva are all dropped for varying reasons. There is still no place for Joaquín, Reyes or Mista, and the manager gave no indication which of the three young keepers, Arranzubia, Reina or Valdés, will be chosen to complete the Euro 2004 line up. The full squad is as follows: (22.04.04)

Goalkeepers: Casillas (Real Madrid), Cañizares (Valencia);
Defenders: Puyol (Barcelona), Manuel Pablo (Deportivo), Iván Helguera, Michel Salgado and Raúl Bravo (Real Madrid), Marchena (Valencia);
Midfielders: Etxeberría (Athletic Bilbao), Luis García and Xavi (Barcelona), Valerón (Deportivo), Xabi Alonso (Real Sociedad), Albelda, Baraja and Vicente (Valencia);
Forwards: Fernando Torres (Atlético Madrid), Morientes (Monaco), Raúl (Real Madrid).

PS. César (Deportivo), Juanito and Joaquín (both Betis) were called up late on to replace Puyol, Marchena and Luis García, all of whom are injured. (26.04.04)

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