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Del Bosque names experimental Spain squad

By Football News



Vincente del Bosque has named five of Spain's Under-21 side in his latest senior squad for their friendly with Ecuador.

Inigo Martinez, Koke, Isco, Thiago Alcantara and Cristian Tello were all part of the side who were victorious at the recent Under-21 European Championships and have been called into the senior side for Wednesday's clash

Ecuador are Spain's first opponents since losing the final of the FIFA Confederations Cup to Brazil in June and Del Bosque has decided to use the opportunity to have a look at his future options.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, Real Sociedad's Inigo Martinez and Barcelona's Tello will all meet up with the national team for the first time, while Isco and Thiago will collect their second and fourth caps respectively if selected.

Tello signed an extended contract at Camp Nou last week and was delighted to be selected.

He told Sport : "I'm the happiest man in the world. Not only I have renewed (with Barca), but I have also been summoned to the (Spain) senior team. For me it is a dream come true. I've been my whole life waiting for this moment.

"I've heard while on my way to training through the twitter of the Spanish Federation. It has been a great surprise."

There is no place in the squad for Manchester United's David de Gea, Barcelona midfielder Xavi or Atletico striker David Villa.

Full Spain squad:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina, Victor Valdes

Defenders: Alvaro Arbeloa, Cesar Azpilicueta, Inigo Martinez, Raul Albiol, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba

Midfielders: Javi Martinez, Santi Cazorla, Andres Iniesta, Isco, Thiago Alcantara, Koke, Cesc Fabregas

Forwards: David Silva, Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo, Fernando Llorente, Cristian Tello.