World Cup: Spain announce provisional 30-man squad

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No fewer than eight Premier League players have been included in Spain's provisional 30-man squad for this summer's World Cup finals, with Manchester United duo Juan Mata and David De Gea in Vicente Del Bosque's first batch of selections to defend their title.

De Gea has managed to profit from Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes being on the long-term injury list to earn a spot as back-up to long-term number one Iker Casillas, but club colleague Juan Mata still has a fight on to make the final 23-man travelling party.

The same goes for Chelsea pair Fernando Torres and Cesar Azpilicueta, although the latter has forced his way into contention after a fantastic season at Stamford Bridge, largely spent at left-back.

Manchester City stars Jesus Navas, Alvaro Negredo and David Silva are also considered worthy of closer inspection by Del Bosque, along with Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla.

The midfield maestro's Arsenal team-mate Nacho Monreal misses out, while Atletico Madrid mainstays Diego Costa, Juanfran and Koke have forced their way into contention after an eye-catching campaign at the Vincente Calderon.

Del Bosque still has to cut seven names from this initial shortlist, but has a formidable squad full of stars that will ensure competition for places remains fierce throughout their trip to South America next month.

Spain's provisional 30-man World Cup squad: 

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina, David De Gea

Defenders: Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Raul Albiol, Javi Martinez, Juanfran, Jordi Alba, Cesar Azpilicueta, Dani Carvajal, Alberto Moreno

Midfielders: Xavi Hernandez, Xabi Alonso, Andres Iniesta, Koke, Sergi Busquets, Santi Cazorla, Cesc Fabregas, Ander Itturaspe, Thiago Alcantara, Juan Mata, David Silva, Pedro Rodriguez, Jesus Navas

Forwards: Diego Costa, David Villa, Fernando Torres, Alvaro Negredo, Fernando Llorente

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