- Spain have a predictably midfield-heavy squad for this friendly, looking rather thing up front and in defence.
- They have just two centre-backs and two centre-forwards, so Fabregas could play in the 'false 9' role.
- Diego Costa has been called up for the first time, and will fight it out with Alvaro Negredo for the starting spot.
- There has been some controversy surrounding Chiellini's call up. The Juventus centre-back has been out of action lately, and Cesare Prandelli has decided to include him in the squad and may even play him, much to the discontent of Antonio Conte.
- Gabriel Paletta and Ciro Immobile have both been called up for the first time and may make their debuts.
- Daniele De Rossi has been dropped after he was caught by television cameras punching Inter's Mauro Icardi.
- This could be the friendly of the week, with reigning world and European champions Spain hosting previous winners of both competitions, and the team they beat in the final of Euro 2012, Italy.
- Spain are the dominant force in world football, but there is certainly some train of thought that many of their players are on the decline and that they are more of a beatable outfit nowadays.
- However, Italy are not what they once were and are also missing some of their better players for one reason or another, so Spain should pick up a win.