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Spain Announce Squad For Italy Clash, Snub 10 Stars

Spain Announce Squad For Italy Clash, Snub Eight Stars

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By David Kappel - Aug 25, 2017 02:28 PM @kappilinho

Spain boss Julen Lopetegui has announced his 26-man squad for their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier with Italy, but 10 internationals, including two Manchester United players and three Chelsea stars, were surprisingly snubbed.

Click through the gallery to see 10 Spain stars who did not make their national team's squad.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup champions are still unbeaten since Lopetegui took over from Vicente Del Bosque after the 2016 UEFA European Championship.

While Diego Costa has been omitted from the squad following his troubles at Chelsea, La Furia Roja's all-time record scorer David Villa, who now plies his trade in the US, received his first call-up since the 2014 World Cup.

Other surprise snubs include in-form Chelsea left back Marcos Alonso as well as FC Barcelona's Sergi Roberto.

Here is Spain's squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Pepe Reina (Napoli), David de Gea (Manchester United), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao)

Defenders: Nacho, Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal (all Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba (both Barcelona), Marc Bartra (Borussia Dortmund)

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta (both Barcelona), Saul Niguez, Koke (both Atletico Madrid), Isco, Marco Asensio (both Real Madrid), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), David Silva (Manchester City), Suso (AC Milan)

Forwards: Vitolo (Sevilla), Alvaro Morata, Pedro (both Chelsea), Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona), David Villa (New York City FC)

Read: France Announce Squad For WC Qualifiers, Snub Eight Stars

Group G leaders Spain will face second-placed Italy on 2 September, before traveling to bottom side Liechtenstein three days later.

Which snubbed players do you think deserve to be called up to Spain's latest squad? Have your say in the comments secion below.


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letswai nameng Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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letswai nameng Aug 29, 2017 03:06 PM
World Class Riches...
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Rambo Kingdom22 Aug 28, 2017 06:57 PM
Villa is back m glad for him but I'm suprise why Costa is not the part of the team he has the problem whith the Blues but not with the national team I think he like to play for the nation like any other players
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Khosification Amu86 Aug 28, 2017 12:10 PM
Villa at 35 still in the squad , This is a really star at National team, Just like Miroslav Klose (retired) of Germany
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Zinedinhooo Aug 28, 2017 11:25 AM
Cf4 u need such expirience...n good team player like him...alonso should have been a given achance
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Pirlo91 Aug 28, 2017 11:05 AM
Alcantara
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mandlankosi Aug 28, 2017 08:29 AM
iniesta????
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kekanejan Aug 27, 2017 06:59 AM
David Villa ???
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Bakho10 Aug 26, 2017 09:47 PM
im glad that Deulofeu is being called
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Stanza_waka_Mugwena Aug 26, 2017 07:56 PM
Villa is back
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FlyingBucs Aug 26, 2017 06:21 PM
Wow Villa is bek
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mingus Aug 26, 2017 06:16 PM
Strong one
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Mphozana_808 Aug 26, 2017 10:11 AM
Iniesta Out mata In
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L.mess Aug 26, 2017 08:49 AM
How spain why not .....pedro ...fabricas...mata Isco...???
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Nyeleti7 Aug 25, 2017 11:34 PM
Alonso not there
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Melizwe17@K4L Aug 25, 2017 11:12 PM
Glad to see David Villa's name but Alonso deserves a place in that squad
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Binda_Bucks1 Aug 25, 2017 07:43 PM
Hawu Mata is not there why vele ?
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Nebza_iambucs Aug 25, 2017 07:37 PM
Alonso shuld hav been there at least.....im not suprised by Matas omission coz all d managers hate him
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DumisaniZungu Aug 25, 2017 05:38 PM
villa??? welcome back
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Myaka weliPhefeni Aug 25, 2017 05:04 PM
Welcum back Villa
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arlandomadrid Aug 25, 2017 03:45 PM
Spain was never a good footballing nation before 2006, so they are bound to flop sometimes.

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