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Spain have recalled their all-time leading goalscorer at the age of 35

David Villa has earned a recall to the Spain squad after starring with New York City FC in MLS

We thought that Wayne Rooney retiring would be the biggest bit of news from the international break.

Then we saw Spain’s squad…

David Villa- Spain’s all-time leading goalscorer- has been recalled into Julen Lopetegui’s squad at the age of 35.

We didn’t see that coming

We didn’t see that coming

Villa’s last international appearance came against Australia during the 2014 World Cup, when Spain crashed out of the tournament.

He officially retired from international duty after that game, but reversed his decision after moving to New York City FC.

So why the change of heart from Spain? Villa’s form in Major League Soccer has been nothing short of sensational.

The floor is not getting a recall to the Spanish national team

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The floor is not getting a recall to the Spanish national team

Villa has scored 18 goals in 23 games this season to earn a recall, ahead of the likes of Fernando Llorente, Aritz Aduriz and Diego Costa.

He’s been helped by the fact that Costa decided to go AWOL in a bid to force through a move from Chelsea to Atletico Madrid.

But regardless of the fact that Spain don’t have the best selection of strikers any more, it’s still heartwarming to see Villa return.

Hello, old friend

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Hello, old friend

The same can’t be said for Marcos Alonso, whose two goals against Spurs haven’t been enough to get him into the squad ahead of Nacho Monreal.

Former Liverpool winger Suso, who’s found his form at AC Milan, has been named in the squad, giving the 23-year-old the chance to earn a first cap.

Now let’s get Fernando Torres, Marcos Senna and Xavi back and reminisce about the good ol’ days.

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