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Spain Euro 2012 Final Squad Announced

Football, Spanish Football
Sunday, 27th May, 2012


The Spain squad for Euro 2012 has been announced, and the big news is: Soldado is out, and Negredo is in. It is a surprise to me, Soldado has scored more goals this season, in total and in the league, and also hit a hattrick for Spain against Venezuela in February.

Every time I see a Spain squad they seem to choose fewer and fewer strikers, and this squad has 3 recognised out-and-out strikers; Torres, Llorente and Negredo. I think this is a risk, Negredo has missed out on all the previous squads for the finals, but has finally made this one. Torres has been out of form for a long time, and will really need to find some form. The most in form striker is Llorente, but is not a regular starter for Spain. Will Del Bosque go for 2 forwards like he did in the friendly against Serbia, or go for Torres/Llorente and a second striker?

Juanfran also keeps his place in defence, which leaves out the more Iraola and Monreal, and Javi Martinez added who has been playing in defence for Bilbao this season. The defence will be a change from the World Cup winning team.

The midfield looks strong as predicted, Cazorla has made this squad, probably in the place of a striker, with 4 players being able to play as attacking wingers such as Silva, Cazorla, Navas and Pedro, who scored twice for Barca at the weekend.

Goalkeepers: Casillas, Valdés and Reina.

Defenders: Arbeloa, Juanfran, Ramos, Piqué, Albiol, Javi Martínez and Jordi Alba.

Midfielders: Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Xavi, Iniesta, Cazorla, Silva, Mata, Cesc, Pedro and Navas.

Forwards: Llorente, Torres and Negredo.

What do you think is the best 11?

My starting 11:

Ramos, Piqué, Arbeloa, Jordi Alba
Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Xavi, Iniesta, Silva

It is tough, either Arbeloa or Albiol in defence; Should Spain go with 2 forwards? If only one should Llorente get picked ahead of Torres?

It is a very tough decision to pick the best 11. In previous tournaments it has been pretty easy to pick the 11, you could get 9 out of 11 correct, the last 2 decisions has always been to go for 2 strikers or 1 with a supporting player; Then you have to decide on the supporting player and striker.

Sadly, David Villa and Puyol both miss out due to injury. Cesc Fabregas is also said to be out for 10 days, but is included in the squad.

Spain play against South Korea on Wednesday and China on Sunday as their final warm up games before the Euro 2012 campaign starts on 10th June against Italy.


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