England vs. Spain: 4 Players That Should Start for the World Champions

Stefan GouyetAnalyst INovember 11, 2011

England vs. Spain: 4 Players That Should Start for the World Champions

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    After watching the Euro 2012 Play-Off matches on Friday, many fans will turn their attention to Saturday's friendly game at Wembley Stadium.

    England host Spain in what should be an enthralling encounter. The Spanish have won their last three encounters with England; the latest meeting was in 2009 as Spain won 2-0 (goals from Vila and Llorente).

    Spain have an abundance of world-class players at their disposal. It'll be interesting to see Vicente del Bosque's starting lineup.

    Here's a list of four players who I think should start for Spain tomorrow:

Jesus Navas

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    With Pedro injured, it would be wise for coach Vicente del Bosque to start Jesus Navas. Spain don't have an abundance of right wingers to choose from and it is clear that Navas would add the quality needed on the right flank.

    The 25-year-old has played well for Sevilla in past years but has never established himself as a starter on the Spanish national team. A good performance at Wembley can help change that.

Alvaro Arbeloa

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    In the past, Arbeloa has found limited playing time with the Spanish national team.

    However, it now seems that the 28-year-old is beginning to be considered a regular in the national side, starting five out of the final six Euro Qualifying matches for Spain.

    This increase in playing time has occurred simultaneously with improved performances for Real Madrid this season .

    It isn't completely clear if Arbeloa is going start at left-back in next year's Euro, but his rise in form has helped catch the eye of del Bosque.

Cesc Fabregas

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    On almost any other national team, Fabregas would be guaranteed a starting spot in center midfield. But he plays for Spain and has to compete with Andres Iniesta and Xavi. 

    It's been hard for Fabregas on the international level despite his great form with Arsenal and Barcelona.

    I feel that the 24-year-old should start against England as he performs well against English players (from when he was on Arsenal). In addition, Xavi played 90 minutes for Barcelona on Wednesday and will certainly not start at Wembley.

Fernando Torres

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    Fernando Torres regains his form, then loses it, and then regains it, and then loses it. 

    For Torres, it's all about being consistent for at least two games in a row. The Spaniard has showed signs of returning to his old self with Chelsea this season. But it seems that, for every one good contributing he makes, he does something bad as well.

    With David Villa playing the full 90 minutes for Barcelona against Hospitalet (and Pedro and Negredo injured), Torres is likely to start at Wembley.

    Both Chelsea and Spanish fans will be watching closely to see how well the 27-year-old plays.