Fernando Torres is among a number of Premier League players to have been omitted from the Spain squad to play Italy next week, with the league only being represented by Alvaro Negredo, Santi Cazorla and Cesar Azpilicueta.
Athletico Madrid forward Diego Costa has been included as he continues his attempt to play for Spain at the World Cup. The Brazilian-born forward has played for Brazil in friendlies, but last year revealed that he wanted to represent the World Cup holders.
Spain manager Vincente Del Bosque denied that too much could be read into the squad (via Football-Espana)
“This is just a squad to play Italy, not for the World Cup,” he said. “Costa is there on merit for his form with Atletico Madrid. It doesn’t commit either party.”
“Some players not on this list have a lot of merit. We will be watching Azpilicueta closely. Puyol is not discarded. If he plays often and is good physically, we have no doubts. He’s a reference. I appreciate Llorente a lot, as I do so many that aren’t here. There’s a lot of competition.
“Italy is one of the toughest teams in the world. They have great players. Thiago is playing very well at Bayern. He has a lot of competition but has kept his place. Martinez can play two positions, either as a midfielder or a central defender.”