35-year-old David Villa Named in Spain Squad for Upcoming Qualifiers

In a surprising move this week Spain manager Julen Lopetegui has named 35 year old David Villa his 26-man squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Italy and Liechtenstein.

david villaVilla has not made an appearance for the Spanish national side since the 2014 World Cup and I expect many people will be surprised to hear that he is still playing.

He has been plying his trade in the MLS with New York City where he has bagged an impressive 60 goals in 90 games, however, lets not forget this is the league that gives Bradley Wright-Phillips his goal-scoring record.

Lopetegui would normally name Diego Costa in his squad but due the player putting himself on strike in Brazil he is not available to for the upcoming games and Villa has been named to replace him.

It seems unlikely that Villa will feature against Italy but could well see himself starting the game against Liechtenstein who in all fairness should be easy work for Spain.

He certainly cannot have many International games left in him and I am sure he will want to add a few more goals to his International tally. He currently sits on 97 appearances with 57 goals and is Spain’s all-time leading goalscorer ahead of Raul (44 goals) & Fernando Torres  (38 goals).

I am sure he is keen to hit the 100-cap mark..

Are you surprised to see David Villa named in the latest Spain squad? Do you think he is still good enough to play at International level?

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