Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque insists the door is open for Raul to force his way into their World Cup squad.
The Real Madrid forward has struggled for first-team football since coach Manuel Pellegrini's arrival in the summer and his chances of making Del Bosque's squad appeared to be all-but over.
However, the coach told Marca: "I have a personal appreciation for Raul and I'm not talking about tributes because for me, he is a player that I could select.''
One possible rival for Raul's place in the squad may be in-form Barcelona attacker Pedro.
"Pedro is a possible World Cup player with or without the goal he scored against Estudiantes (in the Club World Cup final),'' said Del Bosque. "In his position we have a number of talented players, but we have six months to make the best decision.''