Manchester City pair Álvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas have been left out of Spain's 23 man squad to travel to Brazil.
Sevilla's Alberto Moreno, Real Madrid's Dani Carvajal, Juventus' Fernando Llorente and Athletic Bilbao's Ander Iturraspe completed the unfortunate seven, cut from the preliminary squad, with Thiago Alcântara, of Bayern Munich already ruled out through injury.
Carvajal and Moreno have both paid the price for Cesar Azpilicueta's versatility, meaning he can cover both the right-back and left-back positions. Del Bosque had to make a straight decision between Carvajal and Juanfran, with the Atlético man winning out, after a fantastic season at club level. The decision not to take Moreno is a risky one, with Jordi Alba only competing in fifteen games in La Liga for Barcelona this season, due to injury troubles.
Moreno is currently the subject of a bid from Liverpool, and can feel especially disappointed to have missed out, after impressing for Sevilla on their route to winning the Europa League this season.
In midfield, the decision to leave Iturraspe out was expected, given the wealth of options Spain have in central-midfield. The Athletic player was competing with Xabi Alonso and Sergio Busquets for a defensive midfield role, so it is unsurprising he didn't make the final twenty-three. Receiving his first international cap against Bolivia is well deserved, given he was arguably the best defensive midfielder in La Liga last season, and he can look back on the year with pride. Similarly the decision to leave Jesus Navas out was expected, as the Manchester City winger has been struggling with an ankle injury. His withdrawal does leave Spain squad short of pace out wide, with Pedro the only out-and-out winger in the squad.
Up front, Negredo and Llorente have lost out to Del Bosque's enduring loyalty to Fernando Torres. Negredo scored thirty goals for club and country this season, whilst Llorente scored eighteen. Torres scored seventeen, with five goals coming in the Confederations Cup. Del Bosque has decided to ignore Torres' club form, which saw him score a paltry five league goals, and keep his trust in the Euro 2012 golden boot winner.
The move is all the more important in light of Diego Costa's injury worries. The Atlético striker is struggling with hamstring injuries, and may not be fully fit in time for Spain's first group match against the Netherlands. David Villa provides a different type of threat, and will be hoping to add to his record haul of fifty-six international goals.
Del Bosque has made some brave decisions, and by and large stuck with Spain's winning formula for 2010 and 2012. It shows the incredible strength of Spain's squad that they are able to leave Champions League, Europa League, Premier League, German League and Serie A winners at home, and still boast arguably the strongest squad at the tournament!
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