Aragones names five new faces in massive squad

April 7, 2006

MADRID, April 7 (Reuters) - Spain coach Luis Aragones spread his net wide for fresh talent when he included five new faces in his 33-man squad for a World Cup get-together on April 10.

Celta Vigo's Borja Oubina, Real Zaragoza's Cani and Getafe's Jaime Gavilan were rewarded for impressive performances in midfield for their clubs. In defence Real Betis's Melli and Villarreal's Javi Venta were called up.

Valencia goalkeeper Santiago Canizares, who has dropped behind Liverpool's Pepe Reina as number two to Iker Casillas, earned a recall. The 36-year-old has 44 caps but has not played for the national side since 2004.

Chelsea fullback Asier del Horno wins back his place after being dropped for last month's friendly against Ivory Coast.

There was no room for Barcelona duo Victor Valdes and Oleguer while Real Madrid defender Ivan Helguera and midfielder Guti also missed out.

Barcelona midfielder Xavi and Valencia winger Vicente, who have been out with knee and ankle injuries respectively, are close to making full returns for their sides.

Captain Raul, though back in action at Real Madrid after a knee injury, is still short of form and has found first-team opportunities restricted.

The team will meet up for the day in Madrid on Monday.

Spain have been drawn alongside Ukraine, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia in Group H at the World Cup which begins on June 9.

Squad:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Liverpool), Santiago Canizares (Valencia)

Defenders: Antonio Lopez (Atletico Madrid), Pablo Ibanez (Atletico Madrid), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Juanito (Real Betis), Melli (Real Betis), Asier del Horno (Chelsea), Joan Capdevila (Deportivo Coruna), Michel Salgado (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Javi Venta (Villarreal)

Midfielders: Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Jose Antonio Reyes (Arsenal), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Xavi (Barcelona), Joaquin (Real Betis), Borja Oubina (Celta Vigo), Ivan de la Pena (Espanyol), Jaime Gavilan (Getafe), Luis Garcia (Liverpool), Xabi Alonso (Liverpool), David Albelda (Valencia), Ruben Baraja (Valencia), Vicente (Valencia), Marcos Senna (Villarreal), Cani (Real Zaragoza)

Forwards: Fernando Torres (Atletico Madrid), Fernando Morientes (Liverpool), Raul (Real Madrid), David Villa (Valencia)