2010 FIFA World Cup: Spanish World Cup Squad
Vincente del Bosque has whittled down his 30 man squad to just 23.
His squad of 30 had no room for those who have served well before but might not be up to standard anymore. This no sympathy policy has been continued with the announcement of the final squad.
The biggest casualty is Marcos Senna, a Euro 2008 winner. He has been injured for much of the season, and del Bosque has gone for those who have been playing more regularly. In his place, uncapped Javi Martinez will be making the trip to South Africa.
Spanish legend Raul was left out of the preliminary squad and another uncapped player, Pedro, has made it to the plane in his place. Pedro's form this season has been great, and del Bosque has shown that he is willing to pick players who are in form, regardless of experience.
Regular Guiza has also missed out, with Jesus Navas taking his place. Navas has played over 50 matches this season and scored in the Spanish Cup final to complete a win for Sevilla.
This sort of attitude is bound to aid Spain at the World Cup. Only those who really deserve to go are going, something that will give a huge confidence boost to the whole squad.
The uncapped Victor Valdes has also made the team, that a goalkeeper of his standard has not won a cap by the age of 28 shows the huge depth that Spain can draw upon in this department.
Indeed, 19 year old David de Gea, another uncapped player, almost made the plane instead of Valdes. This selection further indicates that de Bosque is focused firmly on what is best right now, there is nobody there simply to "gain experience".
Torres, Fabregas and Iniesta are all included despite having recently suffered injuries. Doctors have even suggested that Torres might not be ready to play the first game of the competition.
However, Spain are a team who are capable of winning the group stage without Torres, his real value will be shown in the later stages of the tournament.
The same is true of Fabregas and Iniesta although it seems they should both be ready for the opening fixture.
de Bosque has picked a squad based purely on merit, there are no free rides. He has shown he is prepared to gamble, something opposing managers would do well to note.
de Bosque has enforced just how serious Spain are about winning the World Cup; the Euro champions will be looking to add a World Cup to their trophy cabinet for the first time.
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