New York City FC captain David Villa could come out of international retirement to play three more matches with Spain in order to reach 100 game mark to cap off his glorious international career.
The last images of David Villa in a Spain shirt were at the end of an abysmal World Cup with Villa adding one more goal to his already record-breaking total and being subbed off against Australia after announcing it would be his final match.
However, the end of such a memorable international career was in need of a more fairytale ending, a period at the end of the sentence, and Del Bosque recently announced, as quoted by AS, that he would be open to Villa coming back, eluding to the fact that they have already submitted the necessary paperwork to reinstate Villa as an eligible play for Spain.
"He was a fantastic footballer for Spain," he said. "He was core member of Spain's great title run. We owe Villa a lot. We won't rule out his return."
Villa, from New York, heard Del Bosque's call and has given the former Real Madrid coach a resounding 'Si.'
"It's an honour for me to be back in Del Bosque's plans," the article quotes him as saying.
As a result of Villa's return, Alvaro Morata will have to give up Villa's former number '9' shirt and take Raul's number '7' but Morata will continue to wear the number '9' shirt until Villa returns and will do so against Ukraine on Friday evening in Sevilla, where he will be given the start after Chelsea's Diego Costa was forced to pull out of the squad due to a hamstring injury.