With two Premier League champions already snubbed by their country for the World Cup in Brazil, another pair have joined their club counterparts on the World Cup scrap heap.

Both Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy had already been snubbed by French manager Didier Deschamps despite their part in Manchester City regaining the Premier League title.  The exclusion of Nasri became even bigger news following the Twitter rant of his girlfriend and also the suggestion from the player himself that he could retire from the international stage at just 26.

And now it seems that it is not just Nasri and Clichy that are set to miss the tournament, as Spain have not decided not to include Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas in their 23-man squad. 

Instead, Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has been picked by manager Vicente del Bosque, along with former teammate Juan Mata, who left Stamford Bridge for Old Trafford in January. Chelsea striker Torres suffered another stumbling season for the Blues and his inclusion over Negredo is sure to have raised several eyebrows.  

The inclusion of Mata is one that may seem warranted, however, given his lack of opportunities under the returning Mourinho before his £37m move to Manchester United during the January transfer window.

He may not have managed to rekindle the sort of form that saw him named player of the year at Chelsea for two seasons in a row, but he breathed a new lease of life into a United midfield that was suffocating following the departure of manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Del Bosque said that Navas was a "guy who's spent two months without playing. He's almost perfect, but it has been two months without playing. We prefer to take someone in a condition that we have no questions about."

Despite this, though, he has included Diego Costa, a player who limped out of the Champions League final following intense speculation over his fitness and his inclusion in the starting 11 that evening.  His hamstring injury saw him replaced after just eight minutes against Real Madrid.

It is the inclusion of Torres that is another talking point before the start of the tournament in South America, but he is obviously seen as a player for the big occasion by manager Del Bosque.

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