Spain’s David Villa gets surprise World Cup recall

SPAIN’S top goal scorer of all time, David Villa, is set to make a remarkable comeback. 

The 35-year-old striker has been recalled to the national team for the first time since the 2014 World Cup.

Manager Julen Lopetegui said Villa “gives us mobility and is eager”. Villa will be on the team sheet alongside Chelsea trio Alvaro Morata, Pedro and Cesar Azpilicueta for the 2018 World Cup qualifying matches against Italy and Liechtenstein. 

Man Utd’s David de Gea and Man City’s David Villa are also in the 26-man squad.  

The former Barcelona man is one of the most prolific strikers of his generation. He has been capped for Spain 97 times, with 56 goals to his name. He is now captain of New York City FC.

If he plays in next year’s tournament in Russia, it will Villa’s fourth World Cup with La Roja. He scored a double against Ukraine in his 2006 World Cup debut in Germany. 

Spain take on Italy on September 2 and travel to Liechtenstein on September 5. 

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