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Del Bosque demands maximum effort

February 4, 2011

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has named a 21-man squad for next Wednesday's friendly with Colombia in Madrid.

Vicente del Bosque was on the shortlist for the FIFA Coach of the Year award
GettyImagesVicente del Bosque led Spain to World Cup glory in 2010

Del Bosque has warned every player to be prepared to play the full 90 minutes, despite a request from Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho not to overload the players.

Del Bosque told reporters: "We care for everyone in whatever we can, but we will demand the maximum. I've called up a few that are doing well, players who are playing a big role. But everyone is playing well, so we want them aware of how difficult it is to be in this team.

"Colombia are a good team, almost all their players play in European leagues, and are a team that is well established.''

Four England-based players are in the squad, including Chelsea's new £50 million striker Fernando Torres.

Squad: Casillas (Real Madrid), Reina (Liverpool), Valdes (Barcelona); Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Albiol (Real Madrid), Ramos (Real Madrid), Pique (Barcelona), Marchena (Villarreal), Capdevila (Villarreal); Alonso (Real Madrid), Busquets (Barcelona), Cazorla (Villarreal), Iniesta (Barcelona), Xavi (Barcelona), Fabregas (Arsenal), Pedro (Barcelona); Villa (Barcelona), Silva (Man City), Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Torres (Chelsea), Navas (Sevilla).