MORENO HANDED SPANISH CALL-UP
By Nic Evans & Sie Barlow
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Camacho has chose a relatively inexperienced squad, opting to experiment with a mixture of young stars and older players with little international experience and a sprinkling of old favourites.
Iker Casillas continues his amazing introduction into world football by being selected alongside Santiago Canizares as one of the two goalkeepers.
Canizares has been in fantastic form with Valencia at club level and provided the backbone for his side's European campaign.
The same can be said for Casillas, who has already won the Champions League, become an international and established himself as first choice keeper at European giants Real Madrid, at the tender age of 19.
Surprisingly, Camacho has been forced to select a relatively weak defence, perhaps showing the main problem of La Liga and the national side in general - a the lack of top quality defenders.
Abelardo and Sergi have been picked and although experienced at international level, with almost 100 caps between them, the Barca defence has looked shaky all season.
Added to the mix is Fernando Hierro who is surely coming towards the end of an illustrious career, the Deportivo duo of Manuel Pablo and Enrique Romero, who have only six caps between them and Unai Bergara, the 23-year-old lynchpin of the Villarreal rearguard.
Unai, has been a revelation since making his switch from Merida to Villarreal in the summer and his performances are largely responsible for his side's impressive fairing in the Primera Liga, where they sit in fifth place, just behind Barca.
The midfield, a traditionally strong area for the Spanish, is headed by the versatile Luis Enrique.
Enrique has been in tremendous goalscoring form for Barcelona, including a hat-trick against AEK Athens on Thursday and will provide Camacho with plenty of attacking options.
Josep Guardiola, back in favour at Camp Nou and now it seems the national side, joins his teammate Enrique, whilst Ivan Helguera will hope Camacho has more firm plans on where to play him than his Real Madrid counterpart, Vicente del Bosque.
Valencia's prompter-in-chief, Gaizka Mendieta is also included whilst the much wanted Victor will have a chance to put himself in the shop window during the game.
Mendieta's teammate, Ruben Baraja is also selected, Camacho giving the thrice-capped player a chance to impress.
Up-front Moreno has been in fine form this season, with 16 goals to his name, this has not gone un-noticed, and he has already been linked with moves to several clubs, including Valencia and Middlesbrough, in the past few months.
Joseba Etxeberria who has also been in fine form for his side Athletic Bilbao has been joined by team-mate Ismael Urzaiz, who's aerial ability could cause the English defence some problems.
Finally the star forward of this generation, Raul, rounds off the Spanish side. The sublime forward has powered his Real side to league and European dominance and back in tandem with Fernando Morientes, will prove a handful with his intelligent running.
Since their collapse against eventual winners France in the European Championships, the Spanish side have suffered mixed fortunes, beginning with their 4-1 defeat in Hanover.
In September, however, they managed a slender 2-1 victory over Bosnia in Sarajevo, before then defeating Israel 2-0 in Madrid one month later.
Just four days later however, they were held to a 1-1 draw in Vienna by Austria.
The full squad for the friendly next Wednesday at Villa Park is as follows:
Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Jose Santiago Canizares (Valencia); Fernando Aberlardo (Barcelona) Sergi (Barcelona), Unai Vergara (Villarreal), Manuel Pablo (Deportivo), Fernando Hierro (Real Madrid) Romero (Deportivo); Luis Enrique (Barcelona), Josep Guardiola (Barcelona), Victor (Deportivo), Ivan Helguera (Real Madrid), Ruben Baraja (Valencia), Gaizka Mendieta (Valencia); Javi Moreno (Alaves) Joseba Etxeberria (Athletic Bilbao), Ismael Urzaiz (Athletic Bilbao), Raul (Real Madrid)