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By ESPN Staff
Nov 9, 2007

Guiza gets first call to Spain's squad

MADRID, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Real Mallorca striker Daniel Guiza was coach Luis Aragones's surprise inclusion on Friday when he named a 20-man Spain squad for the decisive Euro 2008 qualifiers at home to Sweden and Northern Ireland in Group F. The uncapped 27-year-old comes in for Liverpool striker Fernando Torres who has been struggling with a groin strain recently and lacks match fitness. Guiza is the Primera Liga's joint second highest scorer with six goals, and top scored for Getafe last season with 17 in all competitions. He joins Valencia's David Villa and Espanyol's Raul Tamudo in competing for a starting place up front. Espanyol's Luis Garcia missed out from last time. Tamudo retains his place after being called up at the last minute as a replacement for the injured Villa, and then starting after Torres also succumbed to injury, in the qualifier against Denmark last month. He scored one and set up a second in the 3-1 away win. Brazilian-born midfielder Marcos Senna, who was in last year's World Cup squad, returns to the side after a strong start to the league campaign with in-form Villarreal. He last played for Spain back in November last year and edges out Valencia's Miguel Angel Angulo. Spain have their destiny in their own hands and home advantage. However, they are wary after losing 2-0 away to Sweden in October last year, a month after Northern Ireland had inflicted a shock 3-2 defeat over them in Belfast. Sweden top the group by a point from Spain, who are five clear of third-placed Denmark and fourth-placed Northern Ireland. Spain host Sweden in the Bernabeu on Nov 17, and face Northern Ireland in Las Palmas four days later. Squad: Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Liverpoool) Defenders: Mariano Pernia (Atletico Madrid), Pablo Ibanez (Atletico Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Raul Albiol (Valencia), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Carles Puyol (Barcelona) Midfielders: Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Xavi (Barcelona), David Silva (Valencia), David Albelda (Valencia), Joaquin (Valencia), Albert Riera (Espanyol), Marcos Senna (Villarreal) Forwards: David Villa (Valencia), Daniel Guiza (Real Mallorca), Raul Tamudo (Espanyol)