Pique & Xavi out of international retirement for Catalonia v Venezuela

Gerard Pique and Xavi have come out of international retirement in order to play for Catalonia against Venezuela next week.
The legendary Barcelona duo, 32 and 39 respectively, were named in Catalonia's 20-man squad for the friendly on Monday, March 25.
Catalonia are not registered with either FIFA
or UEFA but can still play friendlies. The game will be Pique's 10th for Catalonia.
CATALONIA SQUAD 
Goalkeepers
: Isaac Becerra (Nastic de Tarragona), Edgar Badia (Elche).
Defenders
: Martin Montoya (Brighton), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Marc Bartra (Real Betis), Aleix Vidal (Sevilla), Didac Vila (Espanyol), Marc Cucurella (Eibar), Marc Muniesa (Girona).
Midfielders
: Victor Sanchez (Espanyol), Xavi Hernandez (Al Sadd), Pere Pons (Girona), Oscar Melendo (Espanyol), Joan Jordan (Eibar), Alex Granell (Girona), Oriol Romeu (Southampton), Aleix Garcia (Girona).
Forwards
: Sergio Garcia (Espanyol), Bojan Krkic (Stoke), Marc Cardona (Eibar)
 
There is Premier League representation in the squad, with Brighton defender Martin Montoya and Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu named in the team.
Stoke striker Bojan is also included. 
Watford attacker Gerard Deulofeu could also be a late addition, according to Sport
 in Spain.  
The 25-year-old has made the request to manager Javi Gracia and owner Gino Pozzo.
They are said to 'sensitive' to the request and Sport
says he is expected to be given permission.
But in Spain, other clubs have not been as receptive.
La Liga teams Rayo Vallecano and Huesca have joined fellow top division strugglers Valladolid in preventing a number of their players from joining up.
Valladolid manager Sergio Gonzalez was also supposed to join up as part of the coaching staff.
However Valladolid, 16th in the league standings, took the decision to block Ruben Alcaraz and Jordi Masip from playing.
All three teams have insisted the decision is sporting, rather than political as tensions continue to rise between the autonomous region and the Madrid central government following an illegal referendum on independence in October 2017.
Twelve people, most of them former officials of the regional government, are currently standing trial for the roles they played in the vote, while the former head of regional government Carles Puigdemont is in exile in Belgium.
A Valladolid statement read: 'The club respects the Catalonian Federation, but is putting their sporting interests first heading into a decisive part of the season and we want to avoid any possible injury risks with our footballers.'
Fellow strugglers Huesca and Rayo, who sit bottom and second bottom respectively, both said in statements on Wednesday that Alberto Garcia, Alex Moreno, Enric Gallego and Alex Gallar will also not join up with Catalonia, citing potential injury worries.
Catalonia coach Gerard Moreno admitted he was disappointed but accepted the decisions taken by the players' clubs.
'It's not hurt me, we had permission to play this game but we just need to accept the clubs' decisions,' he said. 'I think the lads really wanted to come and play, that's normal, but I accept what the clubs have said, everyone has their motives.'
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