Spain coach Julen Lopetegui named his 25 man squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Israel and friendly game against France. There were no less than ten changes from the previous call-up, with Sergio Rico, Sergio Ramos, Piqué, Jordi Alba, Javi Martínez, Iniesta and Diego Costa all back from injury, and Pedro, Deulofeu and the uncapped Illarramendi also included. Out though for diverse reasons go Sergio Asenjo, Sergi Roberto, Marc Bartra, Iñigo Martínez, Escudero, Mata, Lucas Vázquez, Callejón, Nolito and Aduríz. Spain’s under 21 side will be playing friendly games against Denmark and Italy as well, and coach Albert Celades has drafted Yeray and Odriozola in to the squad for the first time. Full squads as below. (17.03.17)
Keepers: De Gea (Manchester United), Reina (Napoli), Sergio Rico (Sevilla);
Defenders: Monreal (Arsenal), Jordi Alba and Piqué (Barcelona), Javi Martínez (Bayern Munich), Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Dani Carvajal, Nacho and Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid);
Midfielders: Koke (Atlético Madrid), Busquets and Iniesta (Barcelona), Thiago (Bayern Munich), David Silva (Manchester City), Ander Herrera (Manchester United), Isco (Real Madrid), Illarramendi (Real Sociedad), Vitolo (Sevilla);
Forwards: Deulofeu (AC Milan), Diego Costa and Pedro (Chelsea), Iago Aspas (Celta), Morata (Real Madrid).
Under 21 squad:
Keepers: Kepa (Athletic Bilbao), Pau López (Tottenham);
Defenders: Bellerín (Arsenal), Yeray (Athletic Bilbao), Jonny (Celta), Odriozola (Real Sociedad), Diego González (Sevilla), Jorge Meré (Sporting Gijón), Gayà (Valencia);
Midfielders: Camarasa and Marcos Llorente (Alavés), Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético Madrid), Denis Suárez (Barcelona), Dani Ceballos (Betis), Mikel Merino (Borussia Dortmund), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad);
Forwards: Williams (Athletic Bilbao), Sandro (Málaga), Borja Mayoral (Wolfsburg).
PS Sandro pulled out with an injury, and Jon Bautista (Real Sociedad) will be his replacement. Kepa has provisionally joined the senior squad as cover for Reina, who is carrying a knock, and Valencia’s Antonio Sivera has been drafted in for the first time to the under 21 squad.