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The U21 European Champions & the stars who will help Spain defend the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

The era of Spain continues. The nation's most recent triumph may have slipped under the radar of most football fans enjoying a sabbatical from the game in the close season, but the ramifications of Luis Milla's side's U21 victory will resonate across the continent and beyond.

Goals from Ander Herrera and an inspirational effort from Thiago Alcantara, from all of 40 yards, repelled Switzerland in the final and ensured that the favourites once again lived up to expectations.

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