Juan Mata, Cesar Azpilicueta, Fernando Torres recalled to provisional Spain squad

Alex Livesey

Fernando Torres, fresh off a 22-goal season (in all competitions) for Chelsea, has been recalled by Vicente Del Bosque ahead of the 2013 Confederations Cup. Joining Chelsea's leading scorer in Spain's 26-man provisional squad is Chelsea's second leading scorer Juan Mata and the impressive, young Cesar Azpilicueta.

Torres has not featured for Del Bosque since October's 1-1 draw with France but it's hard to deny that the much maligned striker has had his moments in the sun lately, leading the line in Chelsea's successful Europa League campaign (including the opening goal in the final) and even breaking his five-month scoreless streak in the Premier League.

Juan Mata is back as well, after being criminally overlooked among the cavalcade of other attacking talent available to Spain, while Azpilicueta will be looking to add to his tally of three caps, having made his International debut earlier this year versus Uruguay.

The same South American opponents, who have called on Luis Suarez, will be Spain's first test in the group stage of the World Cup warmup tournament. Tahiti and Nigeria complete Spain's group; the action set to start June 15.

The Spain squad:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Jose Reina (Liverpool), Victor Valdes (Barcelona).

Defenders: Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Raul Albiol (Real Madrid), Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

Midfielders: Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Benat Etxebarria (Real Betis), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Javi Garcia (Manchester City), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich), Juan Mata (Chelsea), Jesus Navas (Sevilla), Pedro (Barcelona), David Silva (Manchester City) Xavi (Barcelona).

Forwards: Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Roberto Soldado (Valencia), David Villa (Barcelona).

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