Gerard Piqué.

Valdés, Puyol, Piqué, Sergio Busquets, Iniesta, Xavi, Cesc and Villa will join up with the rest of the Spain squad on Thursday for the two friendlies, which will allow Guardiola to play them in Wednesday's Spanish Cup game against Hospitalet and fulfil the Spanish Federation's rules to field at least seven first team squad members for Cup ties.

Both Cesc and Iniesta return to the Spain squad after missing out with injury for the last call up, whilst Pedro's current ankle injury means he is omitted. Spain, who have already qualified for next summer's European Championships, will play England at Wembley on Saturday and Costa Rica in San Jose on the following Tuesday.

South American and Under 21 players miss Cup game

Although the Spanish players will be available for the Cup game, as well as Keita and Abidal, Guardiola will be without Messi and Mascherano (Argentina), Alves and Adriano (Brazil) and Alexis (Chile) who have all been called up.

The young players involved in the Under-21 European Championship qualifiers against Estonia and Switzerland - Thiago Alcántara, Martín Montoya, Marc Bartra, Marc Muniesa, Carles Planas and Isaac Cuenca -will also miss the Cup game.

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