Georgia vs. Spain : 5 La Furia Roja Players Who Deserve a Start

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterSeptember 9, 2012

Georgia vs. Spain : 5 La Furia Roja Players Who Deserve a Start

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    Spain kick off their 2014 World Cup qualifying against Georgia on Tuesday, Sept. 11 and will look to qualify with ease.

    There will be one change at least to the side which the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with Joan Capdevila out of the picture, but what other changes might we see?

    Here are five players currently on the fringe of the Spanish national team deserving of a shot to nail down a starting berth.

Pepe Reina

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    Iker Casillas has been the long-term solution in goal for Spain and rightly so. The 139-cap keeper has won one World Cup and two European Championships.

    The whole "If he was born in another era, he'd have been the best" argument is getting a little old with regard to Andy Murray or Cristiano Ronaldo, but Pepe Reina must feel seriously hard done by.

    He's been a top player between the sticks for a decade now, but he's still only accumulated 26 caps. His recent blunders for Liverpool have been costly, so a nice clean sheet against Georgia could be good for him.


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    Beñat came close to opening his account for Spain against Saudi Arabia, cracking a shot against the bar from outside the area.

    There's nothing wrong with Spain's first-choice central midfield options, but it's always healthy to explore other avenues.

    The Spanish national team has (largely) avoided injury problems in the midfield, so awarding those beyond Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Xabi Alonso enough caps to become experienced is worth a go.

David Villa

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    David Villa came on as a substitute against Saudi Arabia and scored his first goal for Spain in almost a year.

    A game against Georgia is the perfect kind to ease the Barcelona striker back into the international fold for good, and a couple of goals would seem a reasonable prediction.

    After the horrific leg break he suffered last December, just seeing him play again is a relief.

Nacho Monreal

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    Nacho Monreal is the clear second choice at left-back right now, as Vicente del Bosque finally solved the Joan Capdevila conundrum by releasing Jordi Alba at Euro 2012.

    A squad of Spain's standing must have great strength in depth in all positions, and allowing the Malaga defender some playing time will stand the team in good stead.

    Monreal is actually very talented, and interest during the summer from Manchester United was highly touted, so it shouldn't be an issue of trust with the nine-cap left-sider.

Santi Cazorla

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    Santi Cazorla barely got a look-in at Euro 2012 despite many experts believing he was due a game.

    Del Bosque continually brought on Jesus Navas on the right side when Spain needed a goal, mostly ignoring the presence of the then-Malaga player on the bench.

    Since his move to Arsenal and his subsequent scintillating form, his access to the national side has seen a significant upturnstarting against Saudi Arabia with a goal that has improved his chances of taking to the field against Georgia.