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Spain delays decision on World Cup forwards

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 13, 2014 at 1:59 pm •  Published: May 13, 2014

MADRID (AP) — Fernando Torres, David Villa, Alvaro Negredo and Fernando Llorente all were included on Spain's preliminary 30-man World Cup roster, leaving coach Vicente del Bosque with some difficult decisions to make when the defending champions trim to a final 23.

Pedro Rodriguez and Diego Costa appear assured of spots at forward, and Cesc Fabregas can play up front or in the midfield.

Defender Alvaro Arbeloa, a member of the winning teams at the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 and 2012 European Championships, was left off Tuesday in favor of Real Madrid teammate Dani Carvajal.

Manchester United's David de Gea gets the third goalkeeper spot in place of injured Victor Valdes, behind No. 2 Pepe Reina and captain Iker Casillas, who is headed to his fourth World Cup.


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