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Spain call up David Villa three years after last appearance

Villa fills the void among the strikers left by Diego Costa, who hasn't played for Chelsea this season and isn't in form.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, Madrid (Spain) [ Updated: August 25, 2017 17:25 IST ]
Image Source : GETTY IMAGES David Villa of Spain celebrates scoring a goal.

Former FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid striker David Villa has been called up by Spain for the first time since the 2014 World Cup, giving the country's record scorer a chance to add to his 59 international goals.

The 35-year-old New York City FC striker was included in a 26-man squad by Spain coach Julen Lopetegui for the upcoming qualifiers against Italy and Liechtenstein. He is the top scorer in Major League Soccer this season with 19 goals.

Villa fills the void among the strikers left by Diego Costa, who hasn't played for Chelsea this season and is currently in his native Brazil after being told he doesn't figure in the English team's plans.

 

Villa has played 97 games for Spain.

(With AP Inputs).

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