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Andres Iniesta returns to Spain squad after injury; Fabregas, Mata miss out

Andres Iniesta missed out on a place in the last Spain squad due to injury.

Julen Lopetegui has Andres Iniesta back in the Spain squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Italy and Albania, but there is no space for Juan Mata or Cesc Fabregas.

Barcelona captain Iniesta missed last month's international wins against Belgium and Liechtenstein with a knee injury but has since returned to fitness.

Spain take on Italy, the team that knocked them out of Euro 2016 in the round of 16, on Oct. 6 in Turin before facing a trip to Albania three days later.

"The return of...

 By Ian Holyman

Aymeric Laporte: France call-up has been my 'dream since childhood'

FC's Alejandro Moreno discusses what is expected from France head coach Didier Deschamps following their Euro Final defeat.

Aymeric Laporte has called Thursday "the perfect day" after celebrating a first senior call-up for France with a Europa League win with Athletic Bilbao.

French-born Laporte, 22, is still eligible to represent Spain as he has dual nationality but that possibility would disappear should he play for France at senior level.

However, after Athletic's 1-0 Europa League win over Rapid Vienna, Laporte said swapping Les Bleus for La Roja Furia was never in his mind.

"My dream was to play for France," Laporte,...

FIFA denies Serbia bid to recruit Spain and Stoke forward Bojan Krkic

FIFA president Gianni Infantino backs new UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin and denies his own influence in the election.
Bojan Krkic plays his club football for Stoke City.

ZURICH -- FIFA has denied Serbia's request to transfer former Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic's international eligibility because he already played a World Cup qualifying match for Spain.

That appearance in September 2008 was the only time Bojan, 26, represented Spain, where he was born. The Stoke player's father is Serbian.

FIFA says it referred the Serbian football federation to two rules governing players' national team eligibility.

Serbia made the request despite a long-established FIFA rule that...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Spanish Football Federation president Villar's niece killed in Mexico

Angel Maria Villar has served on FIFA's executive committee since 1998.

The niece of Spanish Football Federation president Angel Maria Villar has been found dead after a botched abduction and ransom attempt, Spain's foreign minister confirmed on Tuesday.

Maria Villar Galaz, 36, was kidnapped on Sept. 13 and was forced to withdraw money from bank machines and demand money from her family to ensure her release, Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo told radio station Onda Cero.

Galaz's husband and cousin had travelled to Mexico along with two Spanish police...