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Fernando Torres, Cesar Azpilicueta, Diego Costa named to preliminary Spanish World Cup squad

The Chelsea pair will be joined by former teammate Juan Mata, and (probable) future teammate Diego Costa

David Rogers

The Spanish national team just released their preliminary squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and in a bit of a surprise, a pair of Blues were named to the squad. Cesar Azpilicueta was a virtual lock after his unbelievable 2013/14 campaign, but another disappointing season from the perpetually disappointing Fernando Torres made it somewhat of a surprise to see him named to the preliminary squad.

Joining the Chelsea pair will be former teammate Juan Mata, who also had a very disappointing season. The full preliminary squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, Pepe Reina, David de Gea.

Defenders: Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Raul Albiol, Juanfran, Jordi Alba, Daniel Carvajal, Alberto Moreno, Cesar Azpilicueta

Midfielders: Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Andres Iniesta, Koke, Sergio Busquets, Santi Cazorla, Iturraspe, Cesc Fabregas, Thiago, Juan Mata, David Silva, Javi Martinez

Forwards: Pedro, Jesus Navas, Diego Costa, David Villa, Fernando Torres, Alvaro Negredo, Fernando Llorente.

The 30-man group will need to be cut down to 23 before the tournament, and both Torres and Mata seem like potential cuts. I suppose we'll have to wait to find out.

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