Spain's provisional World Cup squad has reminded everyone why La Roja are the competition's reigning champions.
As reported by Marcus Christenson of the Guardian and tweeted by Bleacher Report UK, the 30-man lineup is crammed full of star names from across La Liga, the Premier League, Serie A and the Bundesliga:
Players such as Fernando Torres and Juan Mata may be among the seven trimmed when Vicente del Bosque submits his final selection of 23. Torres' lack of form since moving to Chelsea in 2011 has been well-documented, but he often emerges as a key player during international tournaments for the national side.
Mata, who ended the season in great form for Manchester United, may struggle on the back of the club's overall failures.
Twitter has burst into life since hearing news of the squad reveal. Henry Winter of the Telegraph summed up the thoughts of many with his tweet:
Not Match of the Day also indicated how the battle would go if England faced Del Bosque's stars:
Spain's depth continues to frighten when you consider the players who weren't included in Del Bosque's provisional lineup. Kieran Canning of the French Press Association highlighted the strength in depth that will go unused:
Roberto Soldado, who has endured a poor debut season at Tottenham, was spared no blushes by Football Tweet:
Dermot Corrigan, Spanish correspondent for ESPN FC, offered his thoughts on who may be dropped:
The emerging talent of Spain's squad is summed up by Dani Carvajal, who has ousted Real Madrid teammate Alvaro Arbeloa from his position in the squad. Phil Kitromilides, presenter for Los Blancos' television station, believes his call-up is fully deserved:
Infostrada Sports confirmed the severity of Arbeloa's downfall with a simple statistic:
Squawka also turned to numbers when looking at the squad, once again highlighting the quality of those left at home, while celebrating the talents of those who were included:
Del Bosque clearly faced a number of problems when naming the provisional side, dilemmas that are sure to arise when he announces his final 23, per Corrigan:
Stars such as Torres, Mata and Alvaro Negredo may be waiting nervously by their phones. Diego Costa's switch of allegiance is likely to see one of Spain's more experienced strikers pushed out of the squad. Del Bosque has a plethora of options to choose from in each position and is unlikely to please everyone when downsizing in time for the tournament.
Whomever he takes, Spain sit alongside Brazil as forerunners for the biggest prize in football.
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