FORMER VALENCIA footballer David Villa has been recalled to the Spanish national team for the next series of international fixtures.
At the age of 35, many players would be planning their retirement from the game but the popular Villa has been selected by manager Julen Lopetegui to be part of the Spain squad that is taking on Italy and Liechtenstein in the World Cup qualifiers that begin tomorrow (Saturday).
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.
“They didn’t call me up three years ago…but I always dream of wearing the national team shirt again,” Villa admitted.
This latest selection could allow Villa to reach the coveted 100 caps for his country – he’s currently on 97 – and held the record for the most goals scored for Spain, with 59. He’s got some way to go the beat Iker Casillas who is the most capped player in the history of the national team, with a record of 167 matches.