Football: Del Bosque offers glimpse of Spain's future in Ecuador friendly
MADRID (REUTERS) - Spain football coach Vicente del Bosque rewarded a number of younger players with call-ups to an experimental 21-man squad for next Wednesday's friendly away to Ecuador in Guayaquil.
The world and European champions return to action for the first time since losing the Confederations Cup final 0-3 to Brazil on June 30, but del Bosque had already given prior notice that he would be checking out some different names.
Regulars such as Gerard Pique, Xavi, Sergio Busquets and Fernando Torres were left out and replaced by fringe players and members of Spain's Under-21 side, who were crowned European champions in Israel in June.
Real Madrid's new 30-million euro (S$50-million) playmaker Isco, and Bayern Munich's new midfield recruit Thiago Alcantara, signed from Barcelona for 25 million euros, were among those called up after outstanding performances in Israel.