Del Bosque includes Casillas in Spain squadBy HAROLD HECKLE , Associated Press
May. 27, 2013 8:16 AM ET
MADRID (AP) — Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque announced a preliminary 26-man squad for the Confederations Cup on Monday, which includes captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas and Chelsea striker Fernando Torres.
Casillas has been sidelined by Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho and not played a competitive match since breaking a bone in his hand in a Copa del Rey match in January.
"He's one of us," Del Bosque said of Casillas.
Del Bosque once again relies heavily on Barcelona players, including midfielders Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez and Sergio Busquets as well as forwards Cesc Fabregas and David Villa among nine players from the Spanish league champions.
The coach said the squad would be flying out to Miami on June 4 to play two friendly matches in preparation for the Confederations Cup, which will be played June 15-30 in Brazil.
Del Bosque said three players included in the list will be dropped before a final selection is announced on Sunday, which is the last day of the Spanish league. He said it was still possible for some of the players selected to pick up an injury playing in the league.
Del Bosque highlighted the importance the Spanish Football Federation placed on the Confederations Cup.
"It's an important competition, there are four world champions and an Olympic champion there," Del Bosque said. "We have to have people who are absolutely delighted to be included in the squad."
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Victor Valdes (Barcelona), Pepe Reina (Liverpool).
Defenders: Ignacio Monreal (Arsenal), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Raul Albiol (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid).
Midfielders: Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona), Javi Garcia (Manchester City) Benat Etxebarria (Real Betis).
Forwards: Juan Mata (Chelsea), David Silva (Manchester City), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona), Jesus Navas (Sevilla), David Villa (Barcelona), Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Roberto Soldado (Valencia).