Predicting the Spain Squad 40 Days from the 2014 World Cup

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Predicting the Spain Squad 40 Days from the 2014 World Cup
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Just 40 days now separate Spain from the beginning of the nation's World Cup defence in Brazil this summer.

After claiming three major international trophies since 2008, the impending World Cup represents an opportunity for the all-conquering Spaniards to extend their golden era of dominance and become the first team since Brazil in 1962 to defend their crown.

As always, Spain's manager, Vicente del Bosque, has the enviable task of selecting his squad from a phenomenally talented generation of players, who carry with them an astonishing record of success.

Of course, there is a raft of automatic selections for the defending champions, but there is also a collection of others stars who have bolted to prominence to make compelling cases for inclusion in squad.

Here, we predict the final 23-man squad that Del Bosque will take to Rio de Janeiro in June.

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