Thiago Alcantara has put injury issues behind him to earn consistent selection in Bayern Munich's team. Now he will get the chance to return to Spain's, coach Vicente Del Bosque including him in his squad for the 2016 UEFA European Championship qualifiers in October.
Thiago received his second and third call-ups to the senior team after transferring from Barcelona in the summer of 2013, but he has not played for Spain in over a year and a half after suffering knee and ankle injuries at the club level. After nine appearances for Bayern this season, he returns to the national team picture as they end their qualification campaign against Luxembourg and Ukraine.
Thiago is taking the spot of injured midfielders Andrés Iniesta from Barcelona and Koke from Atlético Madrid. The two injured midfielders have each started four matches, three of which they played together. Thiago will be competing with Arsenal's Santi Cazorla and Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas for a spot next two longtime holding midfielder Sergio Busquets.
Del Bosque omitted Bayern's other two non-retired Spaniards, Juan Bernat and Javi Martinez, from the squad. Bernat will not be dressing for Spain for the first time in this round of qualifiers, Del Bosque electing to include Cesar Azpilicueta as Jordi Alba's backup instead. Martínez has not made the squad since traveling to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but the time is not quite right for his return considering his one start since his return from his knee surgery.
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Porto), David De Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla)
Defenders: Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid), Gerrard Piqué (Barcelona), Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Juanfran Torres (Atlético Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Iñigo Martínez (Real Sociedad)
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), David Silva (Manchester City), Isco (Real Madrid), Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea), Bruno Soriano (Villarreal), Thiago Alcântara (Bayern Munich), Juan Mata (Manchester United)
Forwards: Pedro Rodríguez (Chelsea), Paco Alcacer (Valencia), Álvaro Morata (Juventus), Nolito (Celta Vigo).