Spain have announced the reintroduction of David Villa to international football.
Despite missing Spain's victorious European Championships in 2012, David Villa's international career has been nothing short of staggering.
Having won both the World Cup (2010) and European Championships (2008), Villa is also Spain's all-time top scorer - 15 goals ahead of second placed Raul who has 44.
Despite his international achievements, Villa is now 35 and, although he is admittedly scoring goals for fun, has been playing his football for New York City in MLS for the last three years. This has often been thought to be a deciding factor in certain players' premature retirements from the international game.
However, Julen Lopetegui's decision to reintroduce him to Spain's national team has been largely met with excitement - and a little confusion admittedly.
Fantastic! @Guaje7Villa is back in Spain squad.
— Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) August 25, 2017
No way should his LaRoja career have ended the way it seemed to, and he always made clear he hadn't retired. Enhorabuena @Guaje7Villa
— Graham Hunter (@BumperGraham) August 25, 2017
Spain are vying with Italy for top spot in Group G, and, when the Italian arrives in Spain this Saturday, the winners of this tie shall almost certainly see out the group as winners.
With David Villa also standing as Spain's top goalscorer in the World Cup, could this late re-entry to the national set up see him extend upon his current 59 goals for La Roja?