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By ESPN Staff
Aug 31, 2007

Aragones: Iceland can be slippery customers

MADRID, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Spain coach Luis Aragones says he is wary of an Iceland side who have a good record against Spain in Reykjavik.

'Iceland are a difficult side to play against and we've always had problems against them even though on paper we are a better side,' Aragones told a news conference.

'Football is more and more evenly balanced and almost any team can cause an upset, but we have no choice but to win both the games away to Iceland and at home against Latvia.'

Villarreal left-back Joan Capdevila was named in a 20-man Spain squad on Friday for the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Iceland and Lativa after recovering from an ankle injury.

Capdevila, who has won 12 caps, was included together with fellow Villarreal defender Angel who moved to the Mediterranean club from Celta Vigo last week.

The 29-year-old will compete with Atletico Madrid's Argentine-born fullback Mariano Pernia for the place on the left side of defence.

Barcelona defender Carles Puyol and Sevilla centre-back Javi Navarro are unavailable because of injury.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas also returned to the fold after missing out on the recent friendly against Greece because of a bruised knee.

Coach Luis Aragones decided to include midfielder Cesc Fabregas in the squad even though the Arsenal player will miss the first qualifier against Iceland on Sept. 8 because of suspension.

Once again Valencia provide the core of the squad with six players, including striker David Villa and midfielder David Silva, while Liverpool make the second-biggest contribution with three players, including new recruit Fernando Torres.

After a shaky start to qualification for Euro 2008, Spain have won four matches on the trot as they occupy third place in Group F, three points behind leaders Sweden and one behind Northern Ireland.

They beat European champions Greece 3-2 in a friendly earlier this month with Silva scoring a fine double including a classy injury-time strike that sealed the win.

Aragones began his news conference by paying tribute to Spain international Antonio Puerta who died on Tuesday, three days after collapsing during a league match against Getafe.

'I want to remember a boy who was in my mind as an international,' said Aragones. 'Like everyone here at the Federation I was terribly upset by what happened.'

Squad:

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

Defenders: Mariano Pernia (Atletico Madrid), Pablo Ibanez (Atletico Madrid), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Juanito (Real Betis), Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Angel (Villarreal)

Midfielders: Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Xavi (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Liverpool), Miguel Angel Angulo (Valencia), David Silva (Valencia), David Albelda (Valencia), Joaquin (Valencia)

Forwards: David Villa (Valencia), Fernando Torres (Liverpool), Luis Garcia (Espanyol)