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iker_casillas_spain.jpgBarclays Premier League sensations Fernando Torres and Cesc Fabregas have both been included in Spain's final 23-man squad for the World Cup, despite lingering injury concerns. Both Torres (knee) and Fabregas (lower leg) missed out the tail end of their domestic seasons due to their respective injuries and their inclusion is questionable with the FIFA World Cup less than month away. Spanish coach Vicente Del Bosque will be hoping the two key components of the rampaging Spanish Armada are fit enough to help them conquer the world in South Africa. He brushed aside injury fears over his squad stating at the press conference, "There is a slight concern but they are here and that's because the reports from the medical staff and physical trainers are positive and we are confident they will be at 100% at the start of the tournament".

Barcelona's no.1 Victor Valdes has been chosen ahead of Villarreal's Diego Lopez and Atletico Madrid's David de Gea as the third-choice keeper in the squad. The move has been commended by the footballing globe as the uncapped keeper has had an extremely successful career with the Catalan giants.

Fellow Catalan, Pedro has also received a call-up after a fine season with the Spanish champions. Athletic Bilbao's midfielder Javi Martinez is another uncapped member of the 23-member squad going to South Africa. The 21-year old's domestic form has led to speculation linking him to the likes of Liverpool.

Villarreal midfielder Marcos Senna is one of the big name players to miss out. He was hailed for his performances in Euro 2008, named in the squad of the tournament and with some pundits going as far as to call him their player of the tournament . His absence though is understandable considering he has only featured eight times for his club side Villarreal all season. Daniel Guiza, who won the Pichichi in 2008 has also been axed following an indifferent season with Turkish giants Fenerbache.

Other absentees from Del Bosque's 30-man provisional squad are defender Cesar Azpilicueta, midfielder Santi Cazorla and forward Alvaro Negredo.

Spain have been drawn against Switzerland, Chile and Honduras in Group H and kick off their campaign on 16th June against Switzerland in Durban. La Roja are favourites to go all the way this time around and with the number of stars in that 23 member squad it is difficult to imagine them not lifting the FIFA World Cup Trophy on July 11th in the Soccer City.

Spain Squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Jose Reina (Liverpool), Victor Valdes (Barcelona);

Defenders: Gerard Pique (Barcelona),Raul Albiol (Real Madrid, Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid);

Midfielders: Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), David Silva (Valencia), Sergi Busquets (Barcelona), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Javi Martinez (Athletic Bilbao), Xavi Hernandez(Barcelona);

Strikers: David Villa (Valencia), Jesus Navas (Sevilla), Juan Manuel Mata (Valencia), Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Fernando Torres (Liverpool).

Read the detailed team preview

Read about Spain's rivals in Group H: Switzerland, Honduras, Chile

File Photograph Copyright: Alfonso Jimenez

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