Of all the news for the international break, nothing has been so well received as David Villa being recalled by Spain.
Three years, two months, one week, and four days. That’s how long it’s been since the world last saw David Villa play for Spain. Spain’s record goal scorer, has not played for his country since June 23, 2014.
Spain had a terrible run in the 2014 World Cup. They finished third in their group, so they didn’t qualify for the knockout stages. At this point, David Villa called and end to his international career with Spain at the age of 32.
After this, Villa made the move to MLS to play for new expansion team, NYCFC. Everyone considered his career over at this point. A legend in Spain, he left for the retirement league in the US. Since then, he’s been in the MLS All-Star squad for 2015, 2016, and 2017 and was voted league MVP at the end of last season. David Villa wasn’t finished.
On September 2, 2017, David Villa played in Europe for the first time since the 2014 Champions League Final for Atlético Madrid. He was brought on as a sub for Isco at the end of the 3-0 victory over Italy. It wasn’t much playing time, but he was welcomed back with open arms by Spanish supporters.
Villa withdrew from the squad after picking up an adductor strain in training.