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Del Bosque: "There is a group of players knocking on the door"

The Spain coach also indicated he would give Carles Puyol his 100th cap against Uruguay if he is fit. "Of course, he is a player I really appreciate."


Del Bosque: "There is a group of players knocking on the door"

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque has indicated that he will not make any radical changes to his team for the friendly against Uruguay in Qatar on February 6, but promised he would not "close the door to any one who deserves a chance".

"I'm not saying that the game in Qatar is a huge match, but we need to maintain a stable group of players because in March we are playing a lot of games. The players that have spent a long time in the team want to keep playing, so we need to try and keep everyone happy, but I also won't close the door to anyone who deserves a chance."

Del Bosque revealed he would hand Carles Puyol his 100th cap against Uruguay if the Barcelona captain is fit for the match.

"Of course, yes, he is a player I really appreciate and we want him to enter this group of special players that have played 100 times for the national side."

When asked if Real Betis forward Rubén Castro or Swansea's Miguel Pérez "Michu" would be called up for the trip to Qatar, Del Bosque said "there is no player who is in form at the moment who would not fit into the national side.

"There is a group of players who are knocking on the door. There is a lot of competition but of couse we want to add some fresh young blood to the team, new players, but we also have to be respectful to the players that have given us so much. We'll try and open the door to a couple of players without closing it to others, because it's impossible to call up every good player in Spain.

Del Bosque also congratulated Barcelona and Spain defender Gerard Piqué on becoming a father, and gave his opinion on Pep Guardiola's decision to coach Bayern Munich next season.

"I wasn't surprised by it, I think he has made the best decision, of course he could have gone to England but I think it's a stupendous move."

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