Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque has announced a 19-man squad for the friendly against Bolivia, but won’t announce his definitive 23-man squad for the World Cup, until after that game.
Vicente Del Bosque named an interim squad, for the friendly against Bolivia. (Image via: sefutbol.com)
Vicente Del Bosque had been expected to announce his final squad of twenty-three players, ahead of the World Cup, at a press conference scheduled on Sunday. However, that didn’t prove to be the case, as he instead announced an interim squad of nineteen, for the friendly against Bolivia on Friday 30th May in Sevilla.
Reina (Napoli), De Gea (Manchester United).
Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Piqué (Barcelona), Javi Martínez (Bayern Munich), Albiol (Napoli), Alba (Barcelona), Alberto Moreno (Sevilla).
Xavi (Barcelona, Iturraspe (Athletic Club Bilbao), Busquets (Barcelona), Cazorla (Arsenal), Fàbregas (Barcelona), Silva (Manchester City), Iniesta (Barcelona), Mata (Manchester United).
Pedro (Barcelona), Torres (Chelsea), Deulofeu (Barcelona)
Having announced that list of players, Del Bosque explained; “We’ve done this because we don’t yet know the physical condition of everyone and until 2nd June, we’re not obliged to give our definitive list to FIFA. We would like to ensure that by the 2nd, all of those that will be going, will have trained.”
For those that weren’t included and are being rested, such as those from Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid, along with others like Navas, Negredo and Llorente, due to the Champions League final, Del Bosque added that they could all still be involved.
“This is a continuity list and we’re being careful to ensure that everyone arrives in the best of conditions. We’ve been in contact with them all and they’re all fine. We have all the information we need.”
“Aside from Juanfran and Diego Costa, as we don’t yet know how they are after the Champions League final, we’ve been in contact with everyone. Many of them have a chance to be there for the World Cup, even though they’re not in this list. For example, Jesús Navas, Álvaro Negredo and Fernando Lllorente, could be in the final list.”
Del Bosque has no concerns when it comes to availability of players for all roles he wants to deploy.
“We’ve doubled or even tripled for positions, so we can be calm about that, as we have plenty of alternative options.”
Lamenting the untimely injury of Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago, Del Bosque admitted: “It’s been a very sensitive injury, he would have fitted in well with the squad and it’s a shame he can’t now.”
One of the most notable additions to this 19-man squad is that of Barcelona youngster, Gerard Deulofeu, who has shone whilst on his loan spell at Everton this season. Del Bosque feels he’s very much earned his opportunity.
“We have a great deal of confidence in him. He’s a winger, he’s done really well at Everton, is a good option for us and if there are any injuries, he’s the first option we can turn to.”
Spain must name their final 23-man squad on 2nd June, which is the same day they head to the USA for their training camp in Washington and also where they’ll play a friendly, against El Salvador on 7th June. The following day, they head for the final stage of their World Cup preparations, to their Brazilian base in Curitiba.