Spain name Costa, Torres and Villa in World Cup squad

  • AFP, Madrid
  • Updated: May 31, 2014 18:36 IST

Experienced strikers Fernando Torres and David Villa were both included in Vicente del Bosque's final 23-man World Cup squad on Saturday as he sought to cover Diego Costa's injured hamstring.

Brazil-born Atletico Madrid striker Costa has battled an ongoing hamstring problem that limited him to just nine minutes in the Champions League final defeat to city rivals Real, a week after he was forced off 15 minutes into his side's La Liga title decider with Barcelona.

Del Bosque also left strikers Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and Fernando Llorente, midfielder Ander Iturraspe, and defenders Alberto Moreno and Dani Carvajal out of his squad, the six having been named in his initial 30-man list.

Defending champions Spain face Chile, the Netherlands and Australia in World Cup Group B. Their first match pits them on June 13 against the Netherlands - their opponents in their 2010 World Cup final triumph.

also read

Manuel Neuer urges Jose Mourinho to end Schweinsteiger’s Manchester United exile
Show comments