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Vicente Del Bosque names Spain’s final World Cup squad

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Vicente Del Bosque has named his final Spanish 23-man World Cup squad.

La Liga's big three take up 14 of the spots with four from champions Atletico Madrid, three from rivals Real and seven from Barcelona.

27-goal Diego Costa has been included in the final party, despite nursing hamstring problems over the last few weeks that forced him off after just nine minutes of last weekend's UEFA Champions League final.

He is joined by Atletico team-mates Juanfran, who played in all but three of his side's triumphant domestic season, and Koke who notched up six goals and set up a further 13.

The pair have just 13 caps between them which is 81 less than all-time leading goal scorer David Villa, who completes the champions' quartet.

Villa has netted 56 times for his country and is also their record scorer at the FIFA World Cup finals with eight.

His former club Barca will be represented at the finals by a total of seven players, with six of them being part of the squad that triumphed four years ago.

Midfield stalwart Xavi is in for what could be his World Cup swansong, while 2010's winning scorer Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Busquets are also included.

Forward Pedro is hoping to complete his hat-trick of consecutive titles along with defender Gerard Pique, while full-back Jordi Alba is the only Catalan who will make his debut at the finals.

Champions League winners Real Madrid take a trio of the old guard to Brazil, with record holder of 153 caps Iker Casillas leading the defending champions, along with 115-cap Sergio Ramos and 109-cap Xabi Alonso.

Bayern Munich's Javi Martinez is the only Bundesliga representative, while Serie A are represented by Napoli's Pepe Reina and Raul Albiol.

Manchester United duo David De Gea and Juan Mata have also been selected, along with Chelsea's Fernando Torres and Cesar Azpilicueta.

The Barclays Premier League contingent is completed by Arsenal's Santi Cazorla and Manchester City's David Silva, whose team mates Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo have been overlooked by Del Bosque.

Spain begin their quest for a fourth straight major title against the Netherlands in a repeat of the 2010 final on June 13, before facing Chile five days later and Australia in Group B's final game on June 23.

11 of the squad have all been part of the side that have already won the hat-trick, and can extend their names in the history books even further should they go on to lift the trophy on July 13.

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