Why Del Bosque has rewarded Real Madrid cast-offs with call-ups for struggling Spain

With a number of big-name players underperforming for Spain, the attacking choices were perhaps Vicente del Bosque’s most difficult decisions as he named his latest squad. Fernando Torres has yet to display any sign of improvement at Milan, Diego Costa’s injury status appears unclear before almost every Chelsea game, and Fernando Llorente has laboured in front of goal this season.

While the latter pair both netted at the weekend, the Spain coach had already opted to look elsewhere, naming two in-form Serie A stars for La Roja’s upcoming matches.

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