Chelsea striker Juan Mata back in Spain squad for friendly in Panama
Chelsea striker Juan Mata has been included in the Spain squad for next week's friendly in Panama.
Last Updated: 09/11/12 3:08pm
It is great news for the 24-year-old who has previously struggled to break into manager Vicente del Bosque's side.
After being part of the Euro 2012 winning team, Mata missed out on an international call-up for three squads but has now been rewarded for his blistering start to the Premier League campaign.
Chelsea team-mate Fernando Torres was not so lucky, failing to get the nod from Del Bosque, alongside Barcelona pair Gerard Pique and Xavi and Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso.
And with Athletic Bilbao's attacking midfielder Markel Susaeta and Barcelona defender Martin Montoya given a chance, Del Bosque said: "We have the obligation to little by little give chances to our U-21 players.
"That's why we decided to bring Montoya. Even though he doesn't fit in that profile, we also brought Athletic Bilbao midfielder Markel Susaeta, who is playing well and comes from an historic club.
"They represent many players that we want to call up, but we can't bring everyone."
Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina also missed out.