Spanish national team manager Vicente del Bosque has announced the preliminary list of players for this summer’s Confederations Cup in Brazil. Five Real Madrid players have been picked for the squad.
Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Raul Albiol, Alvaro Arbeloa and Xabi Alonso have earned a spot among the 26 selected and they all are expected to be part of the definitive 23-man list.
When asked about the non-selection of Diego Lopez, who has been Real’s starting goalkeeper in the last third of the season, Del Bosque said: “He’s had a terrific season, but keep trusting in Iker, Reina and Valdes. The competition is very high”.
Two other Real Madrid homegrown players have been picked for the squad: Manchester City’s Javi Garcia and Valencia’s Roberto Soldado. However, both are not expected to make it to the final list.
The rest of the squad is completed by: Valdes, Alba, Pique, Iniesta, Xavi, Busquets, Cesc, Pedro and Villa (Barcelona), Mata, Azpilicueta and Torres (Chelsea), Monreal and Cazorla (Arsenal), Silva (Manchester City), Reina (Liverpool), Navas (Sevilla) and Beñat (Betis).