Villa Called Into Spanish National Team

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David Villa will return to the Spanish national team after a three-year absence.

The current Major League Soccer MVP and New York City FC captain is going home again.

For the first time since the 2014 World Cup, David Villa has been called up to Spain’s National Team for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. Spain will face Italy on September 2 and Liechtenstein on September 5.

Villa’s inclusion on the Spanish national side means he will likely miss New York City’s match with Sporting Kansas City on September 6 at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC will face Portland Timbers at home on September 9.

Following his inclusion on the Spanish team, Villa tweeted a picture of Spain’s kit and said, “Very excited. Thanks to those who trust in me to put me back in this [shirt].”

Villa is the all-time leading scorer in Spanish national team history with 59 goals in 97 appearances. He is a three-time World Cup veteran and helped lead Spain to the Euro 2008 and FIFA World Cup 2010 championships.

Now in his third season in MLS with New York City FC, Villa has been a top player in the league with 60 goals and 20 assists in 87 games to date. The 2016 MLS MVP, Villa this season has 19 goals and 8 assists in 24 regular season matches.