(Adds Arbeloa withdrawal in para 3)
MADRID Feb 1 Barcelona teenager Bojan Krkic is
on course to become the youngest player to win a cap for Spain
after he was included in the squad for next week's friendly
against World Cup finalists France.
If the 17-year-old forward plays in Malaga next Wednesday he
will beat the previous record set by Athletic Bilbao's Angel
Zubieta in 1936 by three months.
Real Mallorca defender Fernando Navarro and Alvaro Arbeloa
also received their first call-ups, although the Liverpool
fullback was later forced to withdraw because of injury.
The Spanish Football Federation said on their Web site
(www.rfef.es) that if needed a replacement would be named after
this weekend's league matches.
Bojan made his Primera Liga debut against Osasuna this
season and became the youngest player to score a league goal for
Barca in the 3-1 defeat by Villarreal in October.
"He's playing very well at the moment and that is why he is
here. He has a great future in front of him," Spain coach Luis
Aragones told a news conference.
The 69-year-old went on to admit that another reason for
calling him up now was to ensure the player was not poached by
another national team. Bojan's father is Serbian.
Aragones also decided to keep faith with experienced
Valencia midfielder David Albelda despite the fact that he has
been sidelined by club coach Ronald Koeman since December.
"He's coming because he was in the team that qualified for
Euro 2008 and he could help us in a difficult game like the one
against France," Aragones added.
Defender Carles Puyol, midfielder Marcos Senna and striker
Raul Tamudo all missed out through injury.
The match against France will bring back bitter memories for
Spain, who lost 3-1 the last time the two sides met, in the
second round of the World Cup in 2006.
Spain and France are on the same side of the draw for Euro
2008 and could meet again if both qualify from their groups.
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina
Defenders: Pablo Ibanez (Atletico Madrid), Sergio Ramos
(Real Madrid), Joan Capdevila (Villarreal), Raul Albiol
(Valencia), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Fernando Navarro (Real
Mallorca), Juanito (Real Betis)
Midfielders: Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Andres Iniesta
(Barcelona), Xavi (Barcelona), David Silva (Valencia), David
Albelda (Valencia), Albert Riera (Espanyol), Xabi Alonso
Forwards: David Villa (Valencia), Daniel Guiza (Real
Mallorca), Bojan Krkic (Barcelona), Fernando Torres (Liverpool),
Luis Garcia (Espanyol)
(Reporting by Mark Elkington, editing by Trevor Huggins and
(Editing by Ken Ferris)