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Spain down Irish

Conor Sammon gives Gerard Pique a hard time. Credit: PA

Sean St Ledger had hero status snatched from his grasp as the Republic of Ireland very nearly held Spain to a draw in New York.

Spain lead through substitute Roberto Soldado's 69th-minute strike when central defender St Ledger stabbed home what he thought was an equaliser with nine minutes remaining.

However, an offside flag against team-mate Simon Cox cut short his celebrations. With Juan Mata scoring a second late on for the World champions.

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Villa ignoring speculation

I always try to think of the present. I will go to the Confederations Cup and try to play a good role there.

We'll need to analyse many things during the summer and then we'll see. Right now I'm not thinking about anything else than playing football.

I have a contract with Barca and I've always said that I'm very happy here.

– Barcelona striker David Villa

Spain call-ups for Premier League stars

Preliminary Spain squad for Confederations Cup:

Goalkeepers: Casillas (Real Madrid), Reina (Liverpool) y Valdés (Barcelona).

Defenders: Monreal (Arsenal), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Albiol (Real Madrid), Piqué (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Azpilicueta (Chelsea) y Arbeloa (Real Madrid).

Midfielders: Iniesta (Barcelona), Cazorla (Arsenal), Busquets (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), Xavi Hernández (Barcelona), Javi Martínez (Bayern de Múnich), Javi García (Manchester City) y Beñat (Betis).

Forwards: Mata (Chelsea), Silva (Manchester City), Cesc Fábregas (Barcelona), Pedro (Barcelona), Jesús Navas (Sevilla), Villa (Barcelona) y Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Soldado (Valencia).

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Do they need the Pope on their side too?

Mariano Rajoy with the Pope and his shirt. Credit: PA
Spanish Prime MInister Mariano Rajoy gave Pope Francis a signed Spain shirt on his trip to the Vatican. Credit: PA
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