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Is a title challenge possible for Man Utd?

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Del Bosque: Spanish squad not a closed shop

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque insists his squad is not an exclusive club and that he will look to reward form players on a match by match basis.

Having this summer won the European Championships, it is understandable the majority of the Spain squad virtually picks itself these days, but Del Bosque has already proven he is keen to give new blood a chance.

In his first squad selection after replacing Euro 2008-winning coach Luis Aragones, Del Bosque called up uncapped Athletic Bilbao duo Fernando Amorebieta and Andoni Iraola, as well as youngsters Bojan Krkic and Diego Capel.

And the ex-Real Madrid boss says he will continue to give chances to those players in form.

''The national team has a main block of players, but in every list I will reserve space for those players who are in the best form,'' he said in AS.

''Spain is not a closed shop for only 20 players. Every league weekend we see interesting things you need to take into account, value and reward.''

That may not necessarily bode well for the likes of national team fringe players Bojan and Ruben de la Red, with the pair not automatic first choices at their respective club sides Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Del Bosque knows those two players have time on their side though, saying: ''Obviously I would like players such as Bojan, De la Red, Pedrito and (Gerard) Pique, to name just a few examples, to play more minutes. But on the other hand I'm convinced they have the quality to do it and as such it's only a question of waiting.

''All of them will end up playing more minutes, but the competition is great everywhere, and more so at clubs like Madrid and Barcelona.''

Spain are currently sitting top of their World Cup qualifying group with two wins from two, and will look to take a step closer to the finals when they travel to Estonia and Belgium next month.

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