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Thiago Alcantara called up for Spain friendlies

Is he Spain's new maestro?

FC Bayern Muenchen v Juventus - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images

Spain manager Vincente Del Bosque has named his squad for the country's upcoming friendlies against Italy and Romania. Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara will return to the Spain squad.

Injuries have derailed Thiago's Spanish career even more than it has his Bayern career. He'll be 25 in one month and only has six caps to his name. If he remain healthy for any significant period of time, he can truly be the transformational midfielder that Spain needs.

Looking the squad, one would assume that Javi Martinez would be a lock to make it if he wasn't injured.

Spain will play in Italy on March 24, before traveling to Romania for a match on March 27.

Full Squad

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Porto), David de Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla)

Defenders: Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique, Marc Bartra (all Barcelona), Sergio Ramos, Nacho (both Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid), Mario Gaspar (Villarreal)

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Sergi Roberto (both Barcelona), David Silva (Manchester City), Mikel San Jose (Athletic Bilbao), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Isco (Real Madrid), Juan Mata (Manchester United)

Forwards: Pedro Rodriguez (Chelsea), Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Bilbao), Paco Alcacer (Valencia), Nolito (Celta Vigo)

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