Five Premier League stars make Spain squad. United duo miss out

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Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque has named his squad for friendlies against Ukraine and Holland.

Ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifier against Ukraine (27th March) and friendly with Holland (31st March), Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque announced his squad of twenty-four players for the two encounters at the Spanish football base of Las Rozas on Friday.

While the backbone of La Roja remains very much the same, Del Bosque has also brought in a few new faces to add to the old-guard, as he continues to test alternative options, mindful of games to come later this year in the EURO 2016 qualifying campaign - with his side currently sitting second in group C behind Slovakia, with three wins and one defeat from their first four encounters.

When it comes to the Premier League contingent of players chosen, some of those selected are perhaps no surprise, although there are one or two notable absentees.

The continued superb form of David de Gea sees his return to the Spanish squad, as he battles to overtake Real Madrid's Iker Casillas as the first-choice goalkeeper.

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta misses out on the opportunity to add to his ten caps, although his Spanish attacking colleagues Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa do make the cut. Meanwhile, Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla gets the not in midfield, along with Manchester City craftsman David Silva. Neither Ander Herrera or Juan Mata of Manchester United were among the considerations of Vicente Del Bosque this time around.

New additions to the plans of the Spain coach come in the shape of two players who have been highly impressive both domestically in La Liga and in Europe this season. Villarreal goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo has represented Spain at all junior levels, but now the 25-year-old has the real prospect of getting a first full international cap. There's also an opportunity for Víctor Machín, better known as 'Vitolo', who is also 25-years-old and has been in exceptional form for Sevilla. He could also make his international debut in familiar surroundings, with the friendly against Ukraine being held at the Sánchez-Pizjuan stadium.

There is the notable return to the the squad for 28-year-old Atlético Madrid midfielder Mario Suárez, who gets his first opportunity since 2013. Athletic Club Bilbao defender or midfielder Mikel San José also gets a fresh opportunity to shine. There's also what many consider a no-brainer with the addition of Real Madrid star Isco, who steps back up from the U21 squad after a string of sparkling performances, even while his team suffered a dip in overall form.

Here's the 24-man squad in full, as per the official Spanish national team website:

Goalkeepers

Iker Casillas (Real Madrid)

David de Gea (Manchester United)

Sergio Asenjo (Villarreal)

Defenders

Juanfran Torres (Atlético Madrid)

Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid)

Gerard Piqué (Barcelona)

Marc Bartra (Barcelona)

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

Raúl Albiol (Napoli)

Jordi Alba (Barcelona)

Juan Bernat (Bayern Munich)

Midfielders

Mario Suárez (Atlético Madrid)

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)

Mikel San José (Athletic Club Bilbao)

David Jiménez Silva (Manchester City)

Santiago Cazorla (Arsenal)

Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)

Jorge Resurrección "Koke" Atlético Madrid)

Víctor Machín "Vitolo" (Sevilla)

Francisco Alarcón "Isco" (Real Madrid)

Forwards

Pedro Rodríguez (Barcelona)

Francesc "Cesc" Fábregas (Chelsea)

Diego da Silva Costa (Chelsea)

Álvaro Morata (Juventus)

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