Sergio Canales and Thiago Alcantara are notable returning names to the Spain Under-21 squad for upcoming friendlies.
The duo are both included in Julen Lopetegui’s list of players called up for games against Norway and Russia later this month.
Valencia’s Canales is back in contention after a lengthy injury lay-off with knee ligament damange, whilst Barcelona’s Thiago has also been absent from the side for a while, missing the Olympics and then late autumn’s European Under-21 Championships through injury.
In playing these preparation games ahead of next summer’s tournament proper in Israel, La Rojita are without David de Gea and Isco, who are both called up to the senior squad for World Cup qualifying.
Spain Under-21 squad to face Norway and Russia: Iker Muniain (Athletic), Jorge Resurrección Merodio “Koke” (Atletico), Martín Montoya (Barcelona), Carles Planas (Barcelona), Marc Bartra(Barcelona), Cristian Tello (Barcelona), Marc Muniesa (Barcelona), Thiago Alcantara (Barcelona), Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona), Rodrigo Moreno (Benfica), Pablo Sarabia (Getafe), Álvaro Vázquez García (Getafe), José I. Fernández Iglesias “Nacho” (Real Madrid), Ignacio Camacho (Malaga), Asier Illarramendi (Real Sociedad), Iñigo Martínez (Real Sociedad), Sergio Canales (Valencia), Jordi Amat (Rayo Vallecano) Diego Mariño Villar (Villarreal), Joel Robles (Wigan)