Spain Announce 23-man World Cup Squad
Spain Announce 23-man 2018 FIFA World Cup Squad
Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has announced his 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, leaving out the country's most expensive player in history.
The 51-year-old, who won European titles with Spain's U19 and U21 teams, took over from Vicente del Bosque after the 2016 UEFA European Championship, and is still unbeaten.
La Furja Roja have been drawn in Group B alongside Portugal, Morocco and Iran at Russia 2018, and will begin their preparations for the showpiece with a friendly against Switzerland on 3 June, before facing Tunisia on 9 June.
Lopetegui has an abundance of Spanish talent to choose from, and once again has some tough decisions to make. Chelsea striker Alonso Morata, who became Spain's most expensive player ever when he joined the Blues, is the biggest name to miss out after a disappointing 2018/19 campaign with the Blues.
Here is Spain's World Cup squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Pepe Reina (Napoli), David de Gea (Manchester United), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao)
Defenders: Nacho Fernandez, Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal (all Real Madrid), Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba (both FC Barcelona), Alvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Cesar Azpilicueta (both Chelsea)
Midfielders: Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets (both FC Barcelona), Saul Niguez, Koke (both Atletico Madrid), Isco, Marco Asensio (both Real Madrid), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), David Silva (Manchester City)
Forwards: Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Rodrigo (Valencia), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid)
Spain will begin their World Cup against Euro 2016 winners Portugal on 15 June.
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