FILE - In this Sunday, May 21, 2017 file photo, New York City FC's David Villa celebrates his goal as he runs past Orlando City's Leo Pereira, left, in an MLS soccer game in Orlando, Fla. David Villa has been called up by Spain for the first time since the 2014 World Cup, giving the country’s record scorer a chance to add to his 59 international goals.
MADRID (AP) — Veteran Striker David Villa was summoned by Spain on Friday for the first time since the 2014 World Cup, and became the first Major League Soccer player to join the national squad.
The 35-year-old New York City FC striker was included in a 26-man squad by coach Julen Lopetegui that will host Italy on Sept. 2 and visit Liechtenstein on Sept. 5 in another World Cup qualifier.
Villa fills the void among the strikers left by Diego Costa, who hasn’t played for Chelsea and is in his native Brazil after being told he is not part of the English team’s plans.
Forwards: Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Alvaro Morata (Chelsea), Victor “Vitolo” Machin (Las Palmas), David Villa (New York City).
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