Spain call up New York City’s David Villa three years after last appearance

• Villa is Spain’s all-time top goalscorer with 59 from 97 caps
• Diego Costa excluded for games against Italy and Liechtenstein

David Villa is set for a surprise return to international football after he was called up to the Spain squad for the first time since the 2014 World Cup to play in their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

The 35-year-old striker, who is Spain’s record goalscorer with 59 from 97 appearances, has been in prolific form for New York City this season scoring 19 goals in 24 MLS games, making him the league’s top scorer.

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