Torres back for Spain in World Cup qualifiers

October 3, 2008

MADRID, Oct 3 (Reuters) - Spain coach Vicente del Bosque recalled Fernando Torres on Friday in place of Barcelona's Bojan Krkic in a 21-man squad for this month's World Cup qualifiers against Estonia and Belgium.

Del Bosque decided to leave out Krkic, who made his debut against Armenia last month, with the 18-year-old rejoining the under-21 squad to make way for Liverpool striker Torres, who was injured for last month's first two Group Five qualifiers.

The squad, which is little changed from the one that won the European Championship in June, is due to gather in Madrid for its first training session next Tuesday before the match in Tallinn on Oct. 11 before playing in Belgium four days later.

Spain, unbeaten in 25 matches after wins against Bosnia and Armenia last month, lead their group with six points, two ahead of Turkey and Belgium.

Del Bosque has recalled Raul Albiol despite the defender suffering a slight injury during Valencia's win against Portugal's Maritimo in their midweek UEFA Cup tie.

Despite the settled look of the squad, the coach warned that he could push through changes in the future.

"There is a theory, shared by almost everyone, that it was best not to touch this team. I believe that life without changes is bad and we have to be open to other possibilities," del Bosque told a news conference, before adding a final caveat.

"We have confidence in this group and we are not just making changes for the sake of it."

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

Defenders: Raul Albiol (Valencia), Alvaro Arbeloa (Liverpool), Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Juanito (Real Betis), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Fernando Navarro (Sevilla), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Andoni Iraola (Athletic Bilbao)

Midfielders: Xabi Alonso (Liverpool), Diego Capel (Sevilla), Santi Cazorla (Villarreal), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Xavi (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Marcos Senna (Villarreal)

Forwards: David Villa (Valencia), Daniel Guiza (Fenerbahce), Fernando Torres (Liverpool)