Vicente del Bosque had one eye on the future after calling up uncapped Barcelona youngsters Gerard Pique and Sergi Busquets for next week's friendly against England, a match the Spain coach believes is between two of the best teams in Europe at present.

Defender Pique, 22, and 20-year-old midfielder Busquets were the main newcomers in a 22-man squad which includes 18 of the players that last year helped Spain win the European Championships.

Of the two new faces it appears that former Manchester United defender Pique has the better chance of starting the game as Del Bosque has fitness doubts over two of the other centre-backs named in his squad, with Carles Puyol and Raul Albiol both struggling with injuries.

Del Bosque has not yet ruled either of those players out, but the former Real Madrid coach admits it would be prudent to try out some different players anyway, both for the short and long-term future.

Spain continue their World Cup qualifying campaign with a top-of-the-table clash against Turkey, who are currently second behind Del Bosque's men in Group Five, in Madrid on March 28.

Del Bosque said: ‘We were wondering whether to bring them (Puyol and Albiol) in or not, but their coaches have not ruled them out from playing this weekend.

‘If they don't play with their teams, then logically we will be careful. Fortunately, all the players want to come and join up with the national team.

‘We have called up four centre-backs, including the regulars from the European Championship, and as well as that we have brought in another new lad (Pique) because we don't know if Puyol and Albiol will play this weekend.

‘If Pique plays, great, and if not, he will be integrated into the squad.

‘He is a regular with the under-21s and Barcelona have conceded the least amount of goals this season.

‘Despite the competition that he has in his team he has played a lot of matches. Also we have to prepare for the future a little. We think it's a good time.

‘The game will allow us to try some players out as Puyol will not be able to play against Turkey because of suspension and we have to look at alternatives.’

Busquets earned his place in the squad with Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas unavailable through injury, but with Euro 2008 winners Andres Iniesta and David Silva returning to the fold after missing November's friendly against Chile, the Barca youngster may have to bide his time for a chance to impress.

Del Bosque explained: ‘We are missing Cesc and we thought it was best to call up Busquets, a player who is performing well. He is also versatile, who can adapt to any position in midfield.’

Next Wednesday's clash between Spain and England in Seville is the first encounter between the two nations since February 2007 when an Iniesta goal earned the Spanish a 1-0 friendly win at Old Trafford.

That victory sparked a remarkable unbeaten run by the Spanish which now stands at an impressive 28 matches, 26 of which have ended in victories.
England are also in a rich vein of form under another former Real Madrid coach in Fabio Capello though, winning each of their last five matches including away triumphs over Croatia and Germany.

Both nations are well clear at the top of their respective World Cup qualifying groups, and Del Bosque is looking forward to locking horns with the English.

He said: ‘It's a very prestigious meeting, as much for England as for us, and it would be good to win. We are possibly the two best teams in Europe at this moment.

‘It is a friendly against a strong opponent, which we must use to continue growing.’

The topic of racism was also raised with Del Bosque at today's press conference in Madrid.
The last time England played in Spain, at the Bernabeu stadium in 2004, monkey chants were aimed at their black players.

When asked about his thoughts on accusations of racism from England aimed at Spain, Del Bosque said: ‘I'm concerned and we don't like it at all, because if there is an integrated country it is Spain, which has very advanced laws of immigration. Spain is not a xenophobic country at all.’