David Villa back in Spain squad

Spain call up New York City's David Villa three years after last appearance

Spain call up New York City's David Villa three years after last appearance

Villa, who won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2011, plays for New York City and is top scorer in the MLS with 19 goals from 24 games this season. Along with the previous World Cup winner, Lopetegui selected plenty of creativity with AC Milan's Suso, Real Madrid's Asensio, to join the likes of Iniesta, Isco and David Silva. "I am always dreaming about the national team but it is difficult".

"Costa has had a different summer, he is not training or playing", Lopetegui said.

Meanwhile, AC Milan playmaker Suso is the other big surprise in the squad with the former Liverpool playmaker making the cut ahead of Manchester United's Juan Mata. "You know, now it's a bad moment for Barcelona because Real Madrid did well", Villa said. NYCFC are enjoying a fine season, sitting second in the Eastern Conference and pushing hard for trophies under Vieira.

When both Giovinco and NYCFC midfielder Andrea Pirlo were left off Italy's provisional roster for Euro 2016, then Italy manager Antonio Conte famously said, "When you make a certain choice and go to play in certain leagues, you do so taking it into account that they could pay the consequences from a footballing viewpoint". The Italian has been Villa's equal in terms of his importance to his MLS club. Unlike Villa, and due in part to some struggles at club level, Giovinco never quite received that benefit of the doubt, and was unable to move beyond fringe status. "Thanks to everyone who have faith in me and gave me this opportunity to wear this jersey again". "We need a little bit of time but we are in the process and we are great". "I expect that - and I hope and I wish that - they change their situation and Barcelona will be better again". So when some criticize the quality of play in the league - and that criticism has come from as far away as Italy and as nearby as American soccer fans - they're criticizing him by extension.

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