Alba earns first Spain call-up
Valencia full-back Jordi Alba has been called up to the Spain squad for the first time for next month's Euro 2012 qualifiers
Last Updated: 30/09/11 1:53pm
Valencia full-back Jordi Alba has been called up to the Spain squad for the first time for October's Euro 2012 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Scotland.
The 22-year-old, who has represented Spain at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 levels, has been rewarded for a fine start to this season as well as playing a key role in helping Valencia to third place in La Liga last campaign.
Premier League quartet Fernando Torres, Juan Mata, Pepe Reina and David Silva are included, as are nine Barcelona players, including captain Carles Puyol.
World and European Champions Spain have already guaranteed their place at next year's finals in Poland and the Ukraine after winning all of their six matches to sit eight points clear at the top of Group I.
They could play a key role in who makes a play-off place though, with both Scotland and the Czechs competing for that elusive runners-up position.
Spain Squad: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Victor Valdes (Barcelona), Pepe Reina (Liverpool) Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Raul Albiol (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Jordi Alba (Valencia) Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Cesc
Fabregas(Barcelona), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Santi Cazorla (Malaga), Thiago Alcantara (Barcelona), Xavi (Barcelona), Javi Martinez (Athletic Bilbao) David Silva (Manchester City), David Villa (Barcelona), Pedro (Barcelona), Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Alvaro Negredo (Sevilla), Juan Mata (Chelsea).