Road To Russia 2018: Spain Releases 23-Man Squad For The World Cup
With the golden generation of Spanish players like Xavi, Iker Casillas, David Villa, and Xabi Alonso retired, and the remaining players of Andres Iniesta, Sergio Ramos and David Silva ageing, Spain are looking to their new generation of players for inspiration for this year’s World Cup.
Despite the pressure to replicate the success of those generation, Spain’s new generation of talent are exciting and puts Spain among the favourites to win the tournament. The main conversation is the exclusion of Alvaro Morata and Hector Bellerin. Mainstays in the Spanish side in recent years, their form this season for Chelsea and Arsenal has put them in a difficult position.
Spanish coach Julen Lopetegui has decided to exclude them for Iago Aspas and Alvaro Odriozola. Spain’s World Cup starts on June 15th in a Group B tie against Portugal at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi.
Spain Squad in full:
Goalkeepers: David de Gea (Manchester United), Jose Manuel Reina (Napoli), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao).
Defenders: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Nacho Fernandez (Real Madrid), Alvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad).
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), David Silva (Manchester City), Thiago (Bayern Munich), Isco (Real Madrid), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid).
Forwards: Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid), Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Rodrigo (Valencia).