Clubs that named provisional rosters early in May are now starting to formalize the final 23 man rosters they'll be taking to Brazil, with the June 2nd deadline fast approaching. Vicente del Bosque likes being part of the Cool Kids Club, so he's gone ahead and cut his Spain roster down to size.
Making the final cut were both Pepe Reina and Raul Albiol, the only two Napoli players on Spain's provisional roster after Jose Callejon was snubbed. Reina won't be a Napoli player any more when the World Cup starts as his loan expires, well, today, but as his season here is a big part of why he made the cut, we'll still credit him as such.
Neither player figures to get many minutes barring injury; Iker Casillas is Spain's unquestioned starter in goal, and Albiol will likely be fourth on the center back depth chart. Still, it's always an honor to be part of your nation's World Cup squad, especially for the defending champions. For Albiol, this is also a chance for a redemption of sorts, after an injury suffered in training kept him glued to the bench in South Africa.
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Napoli), David de Gea (Manchester United).
Defenders: Juanfran Torres (Atletico Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Raul Albiol (Napoli), Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich).
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Xavi Hernandez (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid), David Silva (Manchester City), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Santi Cazorla (Arsenal), Juan Mata (Manchester United).
Forwards: Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Pedro Rodriguez (Barcelona), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), David Villa (Atletico Madrid), Fernando Torres (Chelsea)