His last international appearance was three years ago during the disappointing World Cup match in Brazil when the then holders were embarrassingly beaten by footballing minnows Australia.
Spain boss Julen Lopetegui opted to start without a recognised striker as Real Madrid's Marco Asensio made his first competitive international start as one of six midfielders. To help, to be one more, and to give everything I've got for a win against Italy.
Per AS, veteran attacker David Villa-now with MLS side New York City FC-surprisingly returns to the Spain squad.
"Ours is a young team, with a good dose of personality we've always shown that we know what to do on the pitch". Villa could see some action from the bench though. Put simply, if Spain win or draw, then they will in all probability go on to win the Group.More news: Kenyan court throws out president's win, calls for new vote
On the other hand, there is Italy.
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Albania, Israel, Macedonia and Liechtenstein make up the teams in the group, leaving qualification a more straightforward affair than in other parts of the European draw. This would leave PSG playmaker Marco Verratti playing behind strikers Ciro Immobile of Lazio and Torino's Andrea Belotti. I expect an Italy who are different in every aspect'.
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The ball was worked down the left and then back into the middle by Andres Iniesta, who picked out Isco. Spain have the lead and they deserve i having dominated the opening exchanges of this match.
"Pique has been an exemplary player for the Spanish national team".
Since then, Italy have won four qualifiers out of four, scoring 14 goals. In Group G, Spain and Italy are almost guaranteed to take up the top two spots, with third-placed Albania seven points adrift of the duo. The first game between these two clubs finished 1-1 as De Rossi was the one who scored the goal.