Spanish veteran forward Villa gets shock recall for World Cup qualifiers

Vincent De Villiers
Agosto 25, 2017

New York City FC striker Villa, who hit a record 59 goals with Spain, announced his retirement from the national team after the 2014 World Cup, having scored in his final game against Australia as the then world champions were knocked out in the group stages in Brazil.

The 35-year-old is the benefactor from Diego Costa's absence - the Chelsea striker has not been involved in first-team training this summer after being told he could leave the club.

Villa, aged 35, is Spain's all-time top scorer with 59 goals from 97 worldwide games.

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The call up for the 35-year-old Villa is a major shock given that he has spent the past three years playing in the American Major League Soccer (MLS) after leaving Barcelona and although he has remained a consistent goal scorer most thought his worldwide days were behind him.

His form in MLS has impressed coach Julen Lopetegui, who hasn't been afraid to make some surprising selections; AC Milan winger Suso also receive his first senior call-up.

He has been recalled to the squad to play Italy and Liechtenstein on September 2 and 5 respectively.

The ex-Valencia player left Barcelona for the United States in 2015 and was the MLS MVP last season.

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