Aragones leaves out Pernia
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Luis Aragones has left Mariano Pernia out of Spain's provisional 27-man squad.
Spain coach Luis Aragones has not bowed to public clamour after leaving Mariano Pernia out of his provisional 27-man squad for the World Cup.
Pernia was widely expected to be drafted into Spain's setup after a fine season at left back for Getafe.
The Argentine-born defender acquired a Spanish passport last month and he had expressed a wish to represent Aragones' side in Germany.
But, despite considering picking Pernia, Aragones has opted to plump for Chelsea's Asier Del Horno and Atletico Madrid's Antonio Lopez as his left backs.
Aragones has also called in Villarreal defender Javi Venta, although he will have to cut his squad by four for the May 15 deadline.
Real Betis ace Joaquin is among those purported to be sweating on his place in the final party to travel to Germany next month.
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta's recent form in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League has seen him sneak into Aragones' provisional 27-man squad, while Xavi's return to fitness has earned him a recall.
Liverpool have four players in the squad - Pepe Reina, Luis Garcia, Xabi Alonso, Fernando Morientes - while Arsenal starlet Cesc Fabregas joins team-mate Jose Antonio Reyes in the party.
The players will meet for a get-together in Madrid on May 8 and a week later Aragones must submit his 23-man squad which will go to the World Cup.
Squad: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Liverpool), Santiago Canizares (Valencia); Antonio Lopez, Pablo Ibanez (Atletico Madrid), Carles Puyol (Barcelona), Juanito (Real Betis), Asier Del Horno (Chelsea), Joan Capdevila (Deportivo La Coruna), Michel Salgado, Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Javi Venta (Villarreal); Cesc Fabregas, Jose Antonio Reyes (Arsenal), Andres Iniesta, Xavi (Barcelona), Joaquin (Real Betis), Luis Garcia, Xabi Alonso (Liverpool), David Albelda, Ruben Baraja (Valencia), Marcos Senna (Villarreal); Fernando Torres (Atletico Madrid), Fernando Morientes (Liverpool), Raul (Real Madrid), David Villa (Valencia).