Spain Names Final 23-Man Party for Brazil

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Defending champions, Spain, have announced their 23-man squad for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

Atletico Madrid and Chelsea strikers Diego Costa and Fernando Torres have both earned their respective rights to feature for the ‘La Roja Furia’ in next month’s tournament.

Costa has made the final cut, despite struggling with a hamstring injury suffered in the La Liga champions’ title victory over Barcelona.

Fernando Torres Named in Spain's World Cup Squad.
Fernando Torres Named in Spain’s World Cup Squad.

He will make the trip to his native Brazil, where he was born and raised and even made two friendly appearances for the country before becoming a naturalised Spaniard last year.

Torres is one of Premier League players in the squad, which excluded Manchester City’s pair of Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas.

The 30-year-old made just 16 league appearances for the Blues this season, scoring five goals.

Real Madrid’s Daniel Carvajal, Juventus’ Fernando Llorente and Sevilla’s Alberto Moreno were excluded.

Spain starts the defend of their title in a repeat of the 2010 final against the Netherlands on June 13. They follow that up with games against Chile and Australia in Group B.

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Napoli), David De Gea (Manchester United).

Defenders: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Raul Albiol (Napoli), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona).

: Xavi (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich).

Forwards: David Silva (Manchester City), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Pedro (Barcelona), Juan Mata (Manchester United), David Villa (Atletico Madrid).

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