A friendly update and a bit of Euro news…

This morning, Vicente del Bosque announced the list of 24 players called up for the international friendly against Chile on September 2nd and the Euro 2012 qualifier against Liechtenstein on September 6th…

Esta mañana, Vicente del Bosque dio la lista de 24 convocados para el encuentro amistoso ante Chile el 2 de septiembre y el partido de clasificación para la Eurocopa ante Liechtenstein el 6 de septiembre…

Goalkeepers/Porteros: Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina, and Víctor Valdés

Defenders/Defensas: Álvaro Arbeloa, Raúl Albiol, Sergio Ramos, Alberto Botia*, Álvaro Domínguez*, and Martín Montoya*

Midfielders/Centrocampistas: Xabi Alonso, Sergio Busquets, Santiago Cazorla, Andrés Iniesta, Thiago Alcántara, Xavi Hernández, Javi Martínez (♥), and Cesc Fábregas

Forwards/Delanteros: David Villa, David Silva, Fernando Llorente, Fernando Torres, Pedro Rodríguez, Álvaro Negredo, and Juan Mata

Highlights from del Bosque’s press conference:

This is the first call-up for Álvaro Domínguez, from Athlético del Madrid, a team that has not been included in previous call-ups.

We don’t call up players from specific clubs, we call-up players as a result of their talent.

What do you think about Iker Casillas calling his teammates from the national team (and players from FC Barcelona)?

Any gesture that helps continue the good relationships within the national team is great.

What can Martín Montoya bring to the team?

I’ve heard great things about him from his coaches and we want everyone to know that the doors are always open in the national team for anyone who comes our way.

What are your thoughts about losing the number one spot in the FIFA rankings?

It’s a fact we have to accept and we will continue trying to follow the path to success. We are not looking to find any excuses of any kind.

We’re surprised that Jesús Navas did not make the list…

I haven’t forgotten about him, nor have I forgotten about Soldado, Aduriz… Everyone should keep working, keep playing… no one should be discouraged. We always try to be good, but fair and will strive towards being cordial and having good relationships within the team.

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*A few of our boys congratulated Alberto Botia, Álvaro Domínguez, and Martín Montoya (the newbies) on being called up to the national team… // Algunos de nuestros muchachos felicitaron a Alberto Botia, Álvaro Domínguez, and Martín Montoya (los novatos) por su convocatoria a la selección…

First, Gerard Piqué tweeted: “Congratulations to Montoya on his first call-up to the Spanish national team!”

Gerard Piqué twiteo:

Next, David De Gea congratulated his fellow La Rojita teammate when he tweeted: “What great news!!! The rock @adominguez18 to the senior team!! A big hug”

Seguido por David De Gea quien felicitó a Álvaro Domínguez, su compañero de La Rojita:

Finally, Thiago congratulated all three newbies when he tweeted: “My second call-up to the senior team. I want to share my happiness with the newbies @2montoya, @dominguez18, and Botia.”

Y Thiago felicitó a los tres novatos cuando twiteo:

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