Spain Announce Squad For Italy Clash, Snub 10 Stars
Spain Announce Squad For Italy Clash, Snub Eight Stars
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)
Group G leaders Spain will face second-placed Italy on 2 September, before traveling to bottom side Liechtenstein three days later.
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