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 Posted by ESPN Staff
May, 25, 2011

Manu wins first Spain call-up

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has called up uncapped forward Manu del Moral for the upcoming friendly matches with the United States and Venezuela, with Barcelona duo Xavi and Carles Puyol rested.

Manu, 27, who this week moved from Getafe to Sevilla, is the big newcomer in a strong 23-man squad which includes many of the players that helped Spain win the World Cup in South Africa last year.

Also earning recalls are Sevilla forward Alvaro Negredo, who was the leading Spanish scorer in this season's Primera Division season with 20 goals, and Villarreal midfielders Borja Valero and Bruno Soriano.

Among those missing are Barca pair Puyol and Xavi, as well as Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas and Sevilla winger Jesus Navas, who were both struggling with injuries towards the end of their respective league campaigns, and Juan Mata and Javi Martinez, who are set for under-21 duty.

Although Puyol and Xavi are both absent, Del Bosque's travelling party still includes 11 players from Barca and Real Madrid.

The reigning world and European champions take on the United States on June 4 in Foxborough and then meet Venezuela in Puerto La Cruz three days later.

Spain squad: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Jose Reina (Liverpool), Victor Valdes (Barcelona); Alvaro Arbeloa, Raul Albiol, Sergio Ramos (all Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Carlos Marchena, Joan Capdevila (both Villarreal), Andoni Iraola (Athletic Bilbao); Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Santi Cazorla (Villarreal), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Bruno Soriano, Borja Valero (both Villarreal); David Villa (Barcelona), David Silva (Manchester City), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona), Manu Del Moral, Alvaro Negredo (both Sevilla).

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