Spanish coach Julen Lopetegui has Monday his 23-man selection announced for the world CHAMPIONSHIPS in Russia (14 June – 15 July). Real Madrid and Barcelona are, as usual, by appointment.
Lopetegui chose not to be like other countries the world cup is preparing to start with a (large) selection. The coach revealed immediately the final group of 23 players.
The Spanish selection relying as usual on several strongholds of Real Madrid and Barcelona. Real provides six representatives (Daniel Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Nacho, Isco, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vázquez), champion Barcelona four (Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets and Andrés Iniesta). For Iniesta, Barcelona will this summer leave, the tournament is likely his last with ‘La Roja’. The 34-year-old midfielder move after Russia is more likely than a point behind interlandcarrière.
Álvaro Morata (Chelsea), is a notable absentee, just like his team-mate Messi Messi. Also Sergio Roberto (Barcelona), Marc Bartra (Real Betis) and Vitolo (Atlético Madrid) are missing.
Spain opens the world cup with a burenduel against Portugal (15/06). Afterwards, in the group stage yet duels against Iran (20/06) and Morocco (25/06). In 2010, La Roja still with the world title to make it, but four years later was followed by a sobering. Spain was killed in Brazil in the groups.
The Spanish selection (23 players):
Goalkeepers: David De Gea (Manchester United), Pepe Reina (Napoli/Ita) and Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic).
Defenders: Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid), Álvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad), Gerard Piqué (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Nacho (Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea/Eng), Jordi Alba (Barcelona) and Nacho Monreal (Arsenal).
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Isco (Real Madrid), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid), Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético Madrid), Koke (Atlético Madrid), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich/Ger), Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) and David Silva (Manchester City/Eng).
Strikers : Iago Aspas (Celta), Rodrigo (Valencia) and Diego Costa (Atlético Madrid).