World Cup 2010, Spain Vs. Germany: Vincente Del Bosque's Starting Lineup, Notes

Speculation throughout the last week surrounded Fernando Torres and whether the ineffectual striker would start today's match against Germany.  With the submission of his starting lineup we see Spain coach Vincente del Bosque has decided to pull Fernando Torres out of the starting XI.

In his place, Vincente del Bosque has selected Barcelona's Pedro.

Spain Starting XI
G - Iker Casillas
LB - Joan Capdevila
LCB - Carles Puyol
RCB - Gerard Piqué
RB - Sergio Ramos
DM - Sergio Busquets
CM - Xabi Alonso
CM - Xavi Hernández
AM - Andrés Iniesta
F - Pedro
F - David Villa

It is unclear how del Bosque will deploy this team, though the most likely scenario would find David Villa moving in from the left, taking up a more central role, while Pedro assumes Villa's place wide.

Other options that had been rumored over the preceding days:  inserting Cesc Fabregas and going with a 4-5-1 formation; starting Fernando Llorente at striker and keeping Villa in a wide role.

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