The influx of Spanish stars to the English top flight has continued of late – and combined they make a pretty good international side.
World champions Spain will be one of the main teams to beat next summer in Brazil, with Vicente del Bosque’s star-studded squad looking to defend their crown.
With Swansea’s Michu making his national bow against Belarus, the number of English based Spanish internationals is seemingly growing.
With this in mind, what would an all-Premier League Spain side look like?
I admit that the side lacks recognised central defenders and is overloaded with attacking talent, but surely this outfit would be a joy to watch!
GK – David De Gea
The Manchester United stopper has adapted to life well in England and has become an important part of the Premier League winning team. Despite having the likes of Iker Casillas and Victor Valdes in front of him in the pecking order, the 22-year-old will surely represent his country in the future.
DF – Cesar Azpilicueta
Capped four times by La Roja, Azpilicueta has a chance of making it onto the plane to Brazil but needs to get a consistent run of games in the Chelsea team first.
DF - Mikel Arteta
A central midfielder, in my custom, uber-attacking side the Arsenal man will need to slot in at centre-half. The former Everton man is an excellent passer of the ball, but has been victim of the golden generation of Xavi, Iniesta et al, and has not represented his country to date.
DF – Nacho Monreal
The Arsenal left-back has found himself behind Kieron Gibbs in Arsene Wenger’s preferences, but started for Spain against Belarus. The former Malaga man has 14 caps to his name.
LW – Juan Mata
Now we get into the creative talent. Mr Mata has not been assured a place in the Chelsea line-up since Jose Mourinho’s return, but his sheer class should see him back in contention. 29 caps and 8 goals is a solid record, and the talented playmaker will look to build on this next summer.
CM – Santi Cazorla
Another Gunner in the line-up, Cazorla is currently injured but is never too far away from the Spain team when available. The Arsenal man has played a significant role in Spain’s rise to prominence and in 59 national appearances has netted 10 times.
CM – David Silva
The most capped player in this team, Silva is almost a guaranteed starter for Spain when fit and available. The Manchester City man scored the opener in the Euro 2012 final against Italy and has 76 caps to his name.
AM – Michu
The debutant against Belarus, Michu has the potential to play an important role for La Roja in Brazil. Seemingly the ideal false nine in Del Bosque’s system, the Swansea man is worthy of a place in the squad.
RW – Jesus Navas
Manchester City’s flying winger will battle the likes of Pedro for a place in the team, and needs a strong season in England to ensure his spot on the plane to Brazil. The former Sevilla man has 31 caps and three goals in international football.
ST – Roberto Soldado
Tottenham’s new number nine faces a battle to get into the squad, after missing out agonisingly for Euro 2012. Soldado has hit the net seven times in the 12 opportunities he has been handed for Spain.
ST – Alvaro Negredo
A third Manchester City inclusion, Negredo scored against Belarus on Friday to make it nine strikes in 18 appearances. May well face a battle against Soldado for a berth in the squad for Brazil.
The starting XI cost Premier League clubs a staggering £168 million, and that is even without £50 million substitute Fernando Torres.
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