‘No Martinez or Torres issue’

Vicente del Bosque has made clear that the door is not closed to the Spain squad for the Confederations Cup for Fernando Torres and Javi Martinez.

Torres has not been named in a Spain squad since last October’s World Cup qualifier with France, whilst Martinez hasn’t been selected for La Roja since November’s friendly with Panama.

However, when asked today of the duo’s chances of making the Confederations Cup squad for this summer, their national team Coach was far from dismissive.

“When we have had no Torres and Javi Martinez with us it is because we did not see them doing well,” explained Del Bosque today.

“We have no animosity towards anyone. They have improved, whilst the list is named on May 27. We will see.

“Jave is a clean and healthy guy that we have high hopes for. It was said that we did not want him to go to Bayern, but he will be the player representing Spanish football in this year’s Champions League Final.

“Torres has improved and has had better statistics. He is regaining his form more and more.

“We always work in good faith, even if we can sometimes make mistakes. There is much competition, it is not easy.

“David Villa? He is no longer in the special situation that he was in before.

“He is now integrated into the [Barcelona] team and playing.

“Before, his was a special case, but now he is just one more.”

Del Bosque also confirmed that Iker Casillas will be in the 23-man squad to head out to Brazil this summer, despite having not played competitively since January.

“Within a week, we will give the squad list and if nothing unusual happens, he will be on that list.

“Because he is our captain, who has represented us in recent years and we trust him.”

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