"Midfielders: Xavi Hernandez -, Xabi Alonso -, Andres Iniesta -, Koke Resurreccion -, Sergio Busquets -, Santi Cazorla -, Ander Iturraspe -, Cesc Fabregas -, Thiago Alcantara -, Juan Mata -, David Silva -, Pedro Rodriguez -, Jesus Navas -."
Madrid, May 14 - Spain coach Vicente del Bosque named a preliminary squad of 30 players for the FIFA World Cup finals which kicks off in Brazil next month.

As expected the veteran coach Tuesday included Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea in his squad. De Gea was one of the few bright spots in English club's disappointing season and he replaces Victor Valdes, who misses the World Cup as the result of a cruciate knee ligament injury, reports Xinhua.

There are no major surprises in the squad, except perhaps the inclusion of Real Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal ahead of his club-mate Alvaro Arbeloa, who only returned to action after a long injury lay-off last weekend.

There is also a first call-up for Athletic club Bilbao midfielder, Ander Iturraspe, who has enjoyed a magnificent season, helping his side finish fourth in the BBVA Primera Liga.

The coach of the reigning World champions will reduce his list to 23 players Sunday, May 25, a day after Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid meet in the Champions League final in Lisbon.

He will have to make some tough decisions, especially regarding his strikers.

Two of Alvaro Negredo, Fernando Llorente, David Villa or Fernando Torres can expect to be left out of the final squad.

Spain kick off the their title defence against 2010 beaten finalists the Netherlands in what could be a decisive match for the ambitions of both sides given that the team which finishes second in their group could meet host nation Brazil in the last 16.

Provisional squad:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas -, Pepe Reina, - David de Gea. -.

Defenders: Sergio Ramos -, Gerard Pique -, Raul Albiol -, Javier Martinez -, Juanfran Torres -, Jordi Alba -, Cesar Azpiliciueta -, Dani Carvajal - y Alberto Moreno -.

Midfielders: Xavi Hernandez -, Xabi Alonso -, Andres Iniesta -, Koke Resurreccion -, Sergio Busquets -, Santi Cazorla -, Ander Iturraspe -, Cesc Fabregas -, Thiago Alcantara -, Juan Mata -, David Silva -, Pedro Rodriguez -, Jesus Navas -.

Forwards: Diego Costa -, David Villa -, Fernando Torres -, Alvaro Negredo -, Fernando Llorente -.


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