Spain announces squad for Macedonia qualifier

Spain before the WC '14 clash with Chile; photo: Shaun Botterill - FIFA via Getty ImagesSpanish national team manager Vicente del Bosque announced the squad for their upcoming EURO qualifier against Macedonia and a friendly against France.

Spain will first play a friendly against France in Paris as one final test before the beginning of the qualifications for EURO 2016. Four days later, on 8 September in Valencia, la Furia Roja will host Macedonia in the opening round of the qualifications. Del Bosque called up 5 debutantes (Casilla, San José, Carvajal, Raúl García and Paco Alcácer), while he dropped Pepe Reina, Gerard Piqué, Juan Mata and Fernando Torres who were part of the fiasco at their poor showing in Brazil this summer. Due to injuries, Javi Martínez, Jesús Navas and Thiago Alcântara are absent, while Xavi Hernández, Xabi Alonso and David Villa retired from the national team after the World Cup. Previously, Macedonia also named its squad for this qualifier.

Iker Casillas – Real Madrid Spain
David de Gea – Manchester United England
Kiko Casilla – Espanyol Spain

Raúl Albiol – Napoli Italy
Marc Bartra – Barcelona Spain
Mikel San José – Athletic Spain
Juanfran – Atlético Spain
Sergio Ramos – Real Madrid Spain
Jordi Alba – Barcelona Spain
Dani Carvajal – Real Madrid Spain
César Azpilicueta – Chelsea England

Andrés Iniesta – Barcelona Spain
Raúl García – Atlético Spain
Cesc Fàbregas – Chelsea England
Koke – Atlético Spain
Isco – Real Madrid Spain
Ander Iturraspe – Athletic Spain
Sergio Busquets – Barcelona Spain
Santi Cazorla – Arsenal England
David Silva – Manchester City England

Pedro Rodríguez – Barcelona Spain
Paco Alcácer – Valencia Spain
Diego Costa – Chelsea England

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