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There is no surprise regarding Spain’s keeper situation. Iker Casillas, Victor Valdes and Pepe Reina will again man the goal for La Roja. However, it will be very interesting to see if Casillas will be the first-choice keeper after missing so much time this season.
Spain will also boast a defense that many are familiar with. Alvaro Arbeloa, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos and Jordi Alba will make up the starting backline.
But there is a notable hole in the La Roja defense.
Raul Albiol will be the only substitute center-back on the bench leaving little room for error or injury between Ramos and Pique. However, midfielders such as Sergio Busquets and Javi Martinez could feature at the back if needed.
There will be no issue at fullback for the Spanish side as Azpilicueta and Nacho Monreal will offer strong coverage for Alvaro Arbeloa and Jordi Alba.
The biggest absence in the Spain squad will be that of Xabi Alonso. The midfield will have to adjust to his absence and it is not yet known if Del Bosque will opt for a double-pivot or not.
Busquets and Martinez would make a formidable pair in Spain’s midfield, but that would leave the squad without any coverage.
Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas will all likely play major roles in the midfield but will not have to shoulder the burden alone.
Santi Cazorla and Juan Mata will both have a great chance to leave their mark on the national team and fans should expect a big showing from the pair currently applying their trade in England.
David Villa and Fernando Torres will again be trusted to lead the Spanish attack, but will likely not play as big of a role as in the past.
Jesus Navas, Pedro and David Silva will all have chances to see major minutes on the wings but will not pose much a scoring threat. Balancing minutes between wingers could become difficult for La Roja, but it will be a nice problem to have.
Roberto Soldado is the only pure striker in the squad other than Fernando Torres, and arguably David Villa, meaning that Del Bosque is putting his trust on uncertain shoulders.
All of that being said Vicente del Bosque has chosen a very strong lineup but there are some major holes that could prove dangerous in the long run.
Official Squad from ESPN