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Spain criticised for picking Del Horno ahead of Pernia

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MADRID, May 5 (Reuters) Getafe coach Bernd Schuster has criticised Spain's Luis Aragones for picking Chelsea left back Asier Del Horno ahead of Mariano Pernia for next week's World Cup get-together.

''All Del Horno has done this year is kick Barcelona's Lionel Messi in the Champions League,'' Schuster told a news conference today.

In February, Del Horno was shown a red card in the first leg of the Champions League first knockout round tie against Barcelona for a late challenge on Messi.

Getafe's Argentine full back Pernia secured dual nationality last week and after a good season in the Primera Liga was expected to be given a chance in Spain's squad before the World Cup.

''Pernia has had a sensational season and scored 10 goals but Aragones is the coach and he has to select a competitive side to try and win the World Cup,'' said Schuster.

''It's a shame but there is still time for him to make it.'' Aragones, who on Friday named a 27-man squad for Monday's get-together, must announce his 23-strong World Cup party by May 15.

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