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Spain name three Euro 2012 winners in squad for Games

posted 4 Jul 2012, 22:03 by Sportech Nz
 

Chelsea's Juan Mata, scorer of the fourth goal in the Euro 2012 final victory against Italy on Sunday, has been named as one of the three allotted over-age players in the squad.

His team-mate Oriel Romeu, 20, and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, 21, are also included in the squad, which must be cut to 18 before the Games.

Barcelona’s new signing Jordi Alba, who started at left back throughout Euro 2012 for the champions and also scored in the final, is also in the Olympic team.

Mata and club-mate Oriol Romeu will join forces in a hugely talented midfield that also includes Barcelona's Thiago Alcantara and Iker Muniain and Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao.

Spain coach Luis Milla' said: "I believe it would be unfair to demand that this team be at the same level as the full national team.

"This team has character and a similar playing philosophy but it is a different team under different pressures."

They start their competition against Japan on July 26 at Hampden Park, Glasgow.

They will then face Honduras on July 29 at St, James’ Park before finishing their group matches against Morocco at Old Trafford on August 1.

Switzerland have also named some Premier League talent in their squad with Fulham's Pajtim Kasami and Aston Villa goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist being selected.

The pair are the only British-based players included in the 18-man Swiss Olympic squad, although former West Ham midfielder Valon Behrami, now of Fiorentina, has been included as one of three team members over age 23.

Spain squad: David De Gea (Manchester United), Diego Marino (Villarreal), Joel Robles (Atletico Madrid); Jordi Alba (Valencia/Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Marseilles), Alberto Botia (Sporting Gijón), Alvaro Dommnguez (Borussia Monchengladbach), Inigo Martinez (Real Sociedad), Javi Martmnez (Athletic Bilbao), Mikel San Jose (Athletic Bilbao), Martin Montoya (Barcelona); Thiago Alcantara and Cristian Tello (both Barcelona), Ander Herrera (Athletic Bilbao), Isco (Malaga), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Juan Mata (Chelsea). Oriol Romeu (Chelsea); Adrian Lopez (Atletico Madrid), Iker Muniain (Athletic Bilbao), Rodrigo (Benfica), Alvaro Vazquez (Espanyol).

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