MADRID — Andres Iniesta will lead Spain in its World Cup qualifying matches against Italy and Albania after returning from injury.
Spain will be seeking to avenge a loss to Italy at the European Championship that ended the team’s bid for a third consecutive continental title.
Spain coach Julen Lopetegui named Iniesta to his squad on Friday for the upcoming qualifiers away from home on Oct. 6 and 9.
The most notable inclusion was Napoli forward Jose Callejon. He will join an attack consisting of Diego Costa, Alvaro Morata and Manuel “Nolito” Agudo.
Spain beat Lichtenstein 8-0 its first qualifier for the 2018 World Cup after beating Belgium in a friendly in Lopetegui’s debut. Iniesta missed both of those matches with a knee injury.