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Spain announces 30-man World Cup squad

Spain manager Vicente del Bosque on Tuesday has named the uncapped David de Gea, Dani Carvajal and Ander Iturraspe in his provisional list of 30 players for the World Cup in Brazil next month. It's a group that would be the envy of any coach in the world.

Spain announces 30-man World Cup squad
Spain's defender Gerard Pique raises the trophy following the 2010 FIFA football World Cup between the Netherlands and Spain in July 2010 in Soweto, South Africa. File photo: Gabriel Bouys

Del Bosque will announce his final squad of 23 players to defend the trophy they won for the first time four years ago on May 25th, a day after Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid have disputed the Champions League final in Lisbon.

Manchester United's De Gea replaces the injured Victor Valdés as the third-choice goalkeeper, whilst Carvajal and Iturraspe are rewarded for their excellent seasons with Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao respectively by offering cover in defence and midfield.

Nationalized Brazilian striker Diego Costa is included among the forwards after scoring 36 goals this season which have propelled Atlético to the brink of a Champions League and La Liga double.

Costa is one of four Atlético players included along with right-back Juanfran, midfielder Koke and Spain's all-time leading goalscorer at international level David Villa.

Chelsea's Fernando Torres is also included despite another difficult season at club level as are Juventus' Fernando Llorente and Alvaro Negredo of Manchester City with only one likely to make the final cut.

Real Madrid Álvaro Arbeloa has failed to make the grade, while Spain legend Carlos Puyol is not match fit.

Barcelona remain the most represented club with seven players from the Catalan club selected, including Andres Iniesta who scored the winner in the World Cup final back in 2010.

Four Real Madrid players are included in the list, while 13 are based outside Spain.

Goalkeepers

Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Napoli/ITA), David de Gea (Manchester United/ENG)   

Defenders

Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos (both Real Madrid), Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba (both Barcelona), Cesar Azplicueta (Chelsea/ENG), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid), Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich/GER), Raul Albiol (Napoli/ITA), Alberto Moreno (Sevilla)

Midfielders 

Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas (all Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Ander Iturraspe (Athletic Bilbao), David Silva (Manchester City/ENG), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal/ENG), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Tiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich/GER), Juan Mata (Manchester United/ENG)

Forwards

Diego Costa, David Villa (both Atletico Madrid), Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas (both Manchester City), Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona), Fernando Llorente (Juventus/ITA), Fernando Torres (Chelsea/ENG)

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Spain proposes 2030 World Cup bid shared with Morocco and Portugal

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Monday that he had pitched the idea of a joint bid between his country, Portugal and Morocco to host the 2030 World Cup.

Spain proposes 2030 World Cup bid shared with Morocco and Portugal
Spain won the world cup in 2010. Photo: AFP

“I made the proposal, firstly to the government then to King Mohammed VI to launch a shared application with Morocco, Portugal and Spain to host the 2030 World Cup,” Sanchez said in Rabat after a meeting with the monarch.   

“It will be the first two-continent application, with Europe and Africa, and King Mohammed VI welcomed the proposal warmly.”   

Earlier this year the King ordered the Royal Moroccan Football Federation to launch their own World Cup bid but the office of the Moroccan prime minister, Saad Eddine el Othmani, refused to comment on Sanchez's statement when contacted by AFP.

The north African country has failed five times to bring the tournament to the southern shores of the Mediterranean, with the United States, Canada and Mexico most recently beating them to the 2026 competition.   

Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay have proposed a bid to coordinate the 2030 event, which will mark 100 years since the first tournament.   

Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia are also considering a joint bid, as are the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.   

The official bidding process is set to being in 2020.

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