Torres, Fab in Spain squad

MADRID - Coach Vicente del Bosque included Fernando Torres and Cesc Fabregas in Spain's 23-man World Cup squad, which features most of the team that won the European Championship two years ago.

MADRID - Coach Vicente del Bosque included Fernando Torres and Cesc Fabregas in Spain's 23-man World Cup squad, which features most of the team that won the European Championship two years ago.

Del Bosque expects Torres and Fabregas to recover from injuries in time for the June 11-July 11 tournament in South Africa. Spain's first Group H game is against Switzerland on June 16.

Spain will count on the core of its Euro 2008 team, with striker David Villa in front of midfielders Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Xabi Alonso and David Silva.

Del Bosque decided to bring Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, while forward Pedro Rodriguez's impressive season with the league champions earned him a spot.

Villarreal's Marcos Senna was not included.

l Argentina coach Diego Maradona also named his final 23-man squad for the World Cup yesterday, which includes Lionel Messi of Barcelona, Carlos Tevez of Manchester City and most of the country's other big stars.

The big surprise was the inclusion of defender Ariel Garce, who played his first international match for Argentina earlier this month against Haiti.

The 1978 and 1986 champions open on June 12 in South Africa against Nigeria and also face Greece and South Korea in Group B. Argentine officials confirmed for the first time that the team will depart for South Africa on May 28.

Veteran Juan Sebastian Veron is also in the squad. - Sapa-AP

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