Real Sociedad midfielder Xabi Alonso is a suprise inclusion in the Spanish squad for the friendly match with Ecuador next week.
The skillful youngster has been promoted from the under-21 side and is one of two uncapped players in the squad. The other is Athletico Madrid’s left footed midfielder Luis Garcia.
Raul has been left out as he recovers from an appendix operation. His Real Madrid team mate Fernando Morientes has been included despite a recent lack of first tea football.
The full squad:
Goalkeepers Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Santiago Canizares (Valencia)
Defenders:Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Raul Bravo (Leeds), Ivan Helguera (Real Madrid), Michel Salgado (Real Madrid), Agustin Aranzabal (Real Sociead), Carlos Marchena (Valencia)
Midfielders Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona), Joaquin Sanchez (Real Betis), David Albelda, (Valencia) Ruben Baraja (Valencia) Vicente Rodriguez (Valencia), Luis Garcia (Atletico Madrid), Xabi Alonso (Real Sociedad), Juan Carlos Valeron (Deportivo La Coruna)
Forwards Jose Mari Romero (Atletico Madrid), Jose Maria Gutierrez (Real Madrid), Fernando Morientes (Real Madrid), Joseba Etxeberria (Athletic Bilbao)