Swansea star Michu has been called-up to the Spain squad for the first time ahead of the nation's crucial 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

The 27-year-old will join up with Vicente del Bosque's squad after the withdrawal of Atletico Madrid striker David Villa.

Michu scored 22 goals in his debut season for Swansea after a £2m move from Rayo Vallecano and was expected to feature in his country's friendly against Uruguay in February, but he was not selected. 

Spain face Belarus and Georgia with four points needed to guarantee qualification to next year's finals in Brazil.

Manager Del Bosque has selected Michu over Tottenham's Roberto Soldado and Juventus forward Fernando Llorente, with Chelsea's Fernando Torres missing out through injury and Diego Costa yet to receive clearance following his international switch from Brazil. 

Michu has had a bright start to the current season with five goals in 11 appearances but failed to find the net in his side's 2-0 Premier League defeat to Southampton yesterday.

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