January 24, 2021 Latest Football News

Spain recalls David Villa ahead of friendly against Italy

New York City striker David Villa is ready for a surprise return to the Spanish international football team after he was called up by Julen Lopetegui for the first time since the 2014 World Cup.

Villa, 35, had been Spain’s record scorer with 59 goals from 97 appearances while being in prolific form for New York City this season, scoring 19 times in 24 MLS games and leading the top scorer list.

It is hoped that Villa would fill the void in the forward line that has appeared in the Spanish squad after Diego Costa was excluded from the 26-man squad to face Italy and Liechtenstein in the World Cup qualifiers.

Costa remains in exile from Chelsea after falling out with the manager, Antonio Conte, and neither trained nor play any part for the team in pre-season.

“We believe that calling up Villa is necessary and appropriate,” Lopetegui said. “He’ll give us extra mobility up front and above all he’ll contribute his enthusiasm. We hope and believe he will help us.”

Villa, in turn, said that he was “nervous” after joining the Spain squad in training for the first time in three years.

“I’m nervous, or rather excited with this new call-up, especially after three years,” Villa is quoted after linking up with La Roja in his home country. “It’s a dream come true.”

“For me, the fact that the national coach came to New York to see me play already gives me pride. I had spoken to him but I was surprised by the call-up. To be here for me is something that fills me with pride.”

“For the time being, I will be here for two games and we will see what happens afterwards,” he added. “I’m ready to help the team, be one of them and I hope I get my working clothes on and help as I’ve always done.”

in My Blog
Banner
Related Posts

Jermain Defoe recalled to England squad but Rooney dropped

April 12, 2020

April 12, 2020

Sunderland’s 34-year-old striker Jermain Defoe has earned a surprise recall to the England squad from national coach Gareth Southgate. Defoe’s...

Late Basel goal denies Manchester United 100% record

April 14, 2020

April 14, 2020

A late goal from Basel’s Michael Lang saw Manchester United being denied a 100% record in the Champions League group...

England leaves it late to defeat 10-men Portugal

April 12, 2020

April 12, 2020

England finished their warm-up ahead of Euro 2016 in a lackluster international friendly against Portugal, leaving it late to score...

Marco Asensio rescues Real Madrid with brace against Valencia

April 12, 2020

April 12, 2020

Real Madrid youngster Marco Asensio rescued the defending Spanish Champions at home by striking a stunning brace to draw 2-2...

Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes denies confrontation with Lewandowski

January 11, 2020

January 11, 2020

Jupp Heynckes has dismissed reports that he was questioning Robert Lewandowski’s commitment to Bayern Munich and confirmed the striker as...

Premier League Preview: Manchester City vs Liverpool

April 12, 2020

April 12, 2020

Premier League Tuesday, December 31, 12:15 PM (Eastern time) Anfield, Liverpool Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Brazilian playmaker Philippe...

Afghanistan shatters Hong Kong dreams for Zimbabwe meet

April 12, 2020

April 12, 2020

ICC World T20 Group B Hong Kong 116-6 (20 overs): Rath 28*, Campbell 27, Nabi 4-20 Afghanistan 119-4 (20 overs): Shahzad 41,...

Flipsid3 stuns NiP to advance into ESL Cologne last eight

April 12, 2020

April 12, 2020

Flipsid3 tactics punched above their weight to stun Ninja in Pyjamas (NiP) by 2-1 and advance into the quarter-finals of...

Cleveland Cavaliers annihilated by the Warriors

January 7, 2020

January 7, 2020

Cleveland Cavaliers and basketball legend LeBron James suffered a devastating defeat at the hands of the Golden State Warriors by...

Sam Allardyce will debut as England coach against Croatia

April 12, 2020

April 12, 2020

Sam “Big Sam” Allardyce is set to make his debut as England manager in a friendly match against Croatia at...

1st HOCKEY TEST MATCH RESULTS: INDIA 0:2 NEW ZEALAND

January 7, 2020

January 7, 2020

India men’s hockey team lost to New Zealand 0-2 in the opening Test match of the four-match at Nelson on...

League Cup semi-final preview: Liverpool vs Southampton

April 12, 2020

April 12, 2020

Southampton holds a slim 1-0 lead heading into their semi-final replay against Liverpool, but will be without key defender Virgil...

Champions League: Atletico takes commanding first-leg lead

January 9, 2020

January 9, 2020

Atletico Madrid claimed a commanding lead in the first match of their knockout stages encounter against Bayer Leverkusen by winning...

Liverpool edges Tottenham with Sturridge double

January 11, 2020

January 11, 2020

Liverpool edged Tottenham by 2-1 to advance to the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup thanks to a Daniel Sturridge brace....

Portugal wins first ever European Championship trophy

April 12, 2020

April 12, 2020

European Championship Final 2016, Stade de France Portugal vs France (1–0, aet) Portugal is Champions of Euro 2016. Eder scored the...