Cesar Azpilicueta gets first Spain callup, joining Juan Mata on the national team

Laurence Griffiths

Two of Chelsea's four Spanish player got callups for next week's friendly against Uruguay

Chelsea have been playing two games a week for quite a while now, but the club will have what seems like an eternity off next week when there is no midweek game. There are meaningless international friendlies scheduled though, so it won't be time off for some of the squad.

Two more Chelsea players were officially called up for the mid-week contests on Friday, as Cesar Azpilicueta and Juan Mata both received calls from the Spanish national team. It was the first ever senior callup for Azpilicueta, who has been in fine form of late. Spain coach Vincente Del Bosque had the following to say about the call:

'Azpilicueta is playing many games for Chelsea. He has a lot of energy, defends well and is always willing to attack. We have a lot of hope for him.'

Our third healthy Spaniard, Fernando Torres, was not called into the squad. It's been a long time since his performances have warranted it anyway, but at least he'll get a little rest and training time because of the national team "snub". Injured midfielder Oriol Romeu obviously didn't receive a callup either.

Congratulations to Cesar, as I'm sure it's something he's been waiting a long time for. And please Vincente, take it easy on Mata. I know you don't like to play midfielders that aren't playing for Barcelona and Real Madrid if you aren't forced to, and now probably wouldn't be the best time to start changing you habits as far as Chelsea fans are concerned. Let him rest...he's been playing a lot.


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