David Villa in Spain squad to face Italy and Liechtenstein

David Villa has been given a surprise recall to the Spain national team for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Italy and Liechtenstein next month.

The 35-year-old has not played for Spain since the disastrous 2014 World Cup.

Julen Lopetegui recalled the striker after scoring 19 goals in 24 Major League Soccer appearances this season.

Villa scored a hat-trick in New York City FC’s 3-2 win over rivals New York Red Bulls earlier this month.

AC Milan’s Suso has also been called up as he goes in search of his first cap.  There have been no other surprised named by the head coach.

The full squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers
David de Gea (Manchester United)
Pepe Reina (Napoli)
Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao)

Defenders
Jordi Alba (Barcelona)
César Azpilicueta (Chelsea)
Marc Bartra (Borussia Dortmund)
Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid)
Nacho (Real Madrid)
Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)
Gerard Piqué (Barcelona)
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

Midfielders
Isco (Real Madrid)
Thiago Alcântara (Bayern Munich)
Sergio Busquets (Barcelona)
Suso (AC Milan)
David Silva (Manchester City)
Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)
Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético Madrid)
Koke (Atlético Madrid)

Forwards
Marco Asensio (Real Madrid)
Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo)
Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona)
Vitolo (Las Palmas)
Álvaro Morata (Chelsea)
Pedro (Chelsea)
David Villa (New York City)

Spain host Italy at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on Saturday 2 September and then travel to Liechtenstein on Tuesday 5 September.