Swansea forward Michu named in Spain squad

Swansea City forward Michu has been called into the Spain squad to replace Atletico Madrid striker David Villa, Sky Sports has reported.

It is a first involvement in the senior national team for 27-year-old Michu, having scored 27 goals in little over a season with the Swans. The World Cup holders face Belarus and Georgia in the final rounds of qualifiers, topping Group I on goal difference, with France second having played a game more.

Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque overlooked the likes of Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado and Juventus’ Fernando Llorente to name Michu as Villa’s replacement, after Villa suffered an ankle injury during Atletico’s La Liga win over Celta Vigo on Sunday.

Michu was signed by Swansea manager Michael Laudrup from Madrid-based outfit Rayo Vallecano and went on to score 18 Premier League goals in his first year at the club – 22 in all competitions as Swansea claimed the League Cup, qualifying for this season’s Europa League. Michu has started his second season in Wales with five goals in 11 games.

Del Bosque has turned to the uncapped Michu to replace Villa despite Villa being Spain’s leading goal scorer, with 56 goals in his 92 games. Villa joined Atletico this summer after three seasons with Barcelona, having scored 48 goals in 116 appearances for the Catalans.

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