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Aragones says Raul will return to Spanish team

Aragones says Raul will return to Spanish team

Spain coach Luis Aragones intends to recall Raul Gonzalez to the national team after his recent omission.
Aragones dropped Raul for the first time in 10 years last week when he named an 18-man squad for Saturday's 2008 European Championship qualifier with Sweden and a friendly with Argentina four days later.
"Raul will be in the national team ... because he's a man who knows how to earn it," Aragones told Spanish national radio on Wednesday.
Aragones, who could be fired if Spain loses to Sweden, praised Raul _ Spain's all-time leading scorer with 44 goals from 102 appearances _ for a selfless reaction to losing his place.
"Raul made a great remark that it's the team for which everything is at stake. The national coach might also run the risk of losing or keeping his job but I think this is minor compared to many other things," Aragones said.
Raul's omission coincided with his return to scoring form last week. Without a goal for Real Madrid for nearly a year, the 29-year-old striker became the Champions League's all-time leading scorer when he got two goals in a 5-1 win over Dynamo Kiev and added another in a 1-1 league draw with Atletico.
Aragones warned that the game with Group F leader Sweden in Solna was vital, following last month's humiliating 3-2 defeat against Northern Ireland.
"We have to win at all cost. We could draw but that wouldn't be a good result," the coach said.