Chelsea striker Fernando Torres has been named in defending champions Spain’s squad for this summer’s European Championships.
Valencia striker Roberto Soldado was left out of the 23-man squad selected by Vicente del Bosque despite getting a hat-trick for his country against Venezuela in March, with Seville’s Alvaro Negredo selected instead.
Pedro, who hit a double in Barcelona’s Spanish Cup final win on Friday, also made it to the squad.
Spain will also be without Carles Puyol, who has had to pull out through injury – on 99 caps. His absence almost certainly means Sergio Ramos moving from full-back to centre-back.
Striker David Villa has also been ruled out of the tournament due to injury, while Atletico Madrid forward Adrian Lopez was overlooked despite scoring on his debut in the 2-0 victory over Serbia on Saturday. The Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea also failed to make the cut, with Iker Casillas, Victor Valdes and Pepe Reina chosen ahead of him. De Gea will play for Spain at the Olympic Games in London.
Spain won all eight of their qualifiers for Euro 2012 and are in Group C for the finals along with Italy, against whom they play their opening game on 10 June, Republic of Ireland and Croatia.
SPAIN SQUAD :
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina, (Liverpool), Victor Valdes (Barcelona)
Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid), Jordi Alba (Valencia), Raul Albiol (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Javi Martinez (Athletic Bilbao)
Xavi (Barcelona), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), David Silva (Manchester City), Santi Cazorla (Malaga), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Juan Mata (Chelsea)
Jesus Navas (Sevilla), Pedro (Barcelona), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Alvaro Negredo (Sevilla)