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Last Updated: Monday, 15 May 2006, 11:45 GMT 12:45 UK
Morientes misses Spain squad cut

Liverpool striker Fernando Morientes
Fernando Morientes was part of Liverpool's FA Cup winning team
Striker Fernando Morientes has been left out of Spain's World Cup squad.

The Liverpool forward had been named in his country's provisional squad but was one of four players cut by coach Luis Aragones in the 23-man selection.

Defenders Joan Capdevila of Deportivo La Coruna and Villarreal's Javi Venta also missed out along with Valencia midfielder Ruben Baraja.

English-based Xabi Alonso, Jose Reyes, Cesc Fabregas, Asier Del Horno, Luis Garcia and Jose Reina were included.

Reports suggest Aragones made a late choice to include an extra central defender, Carlos Marchena, at the expense of former Real Madrid striker Morientes.

"I have chosen players who can play in a system rather than if any particular player is on form," said Aragones.

"I know there are good players who have been left out but I have chosen players on form and on the way they play."


Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Jose Reina (Liverpool, England), Santiago Canizares (Valencia)

Defenders: Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Michel Salgado (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Asier Del Horno (Chelsea, England), Antonio Lopez (Atletico Madrid), Pablo Ibanez (Atletico Madrid), Juanito Gutierrez (Real Betis)

Midfielders: David Albelda (Valencia), Xabi Alonso (Liverpool, England), Joaquin Sanchez (Real Betis), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal, England), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona), Marcos Senna (Villarreal)

Strikers: Jose Antonio Reyes (Arsenal, England), David Villa (Valencia), Fernando Torres (Atletico Madrid), Raul Gonzalez (Real Madrid), Luis Garcia (Liverpool, England).

SEE ALSO
Spain team guide
27 Apr 06 |  Spain
World Cup fixtures
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