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Spain Announce 23-man World Cup Squad

Spain Announce 23-man 2018 FIFA World Cup Squad

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By David Kappel - May 21, 2018 01:13 PM @kappilinho

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.

Read: Brazil's World Cup Snubbed XI

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)

Read: Portugal Axe Two Barca Stars For Final World Cup Squad

Spain will begin their World Cup against Euro 2016 winners Portugal on 15 June.

What do you make of Spain's World Cup squad? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Daniel Madenza Kutumela Joined: 26 Feb 2015
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Daniel Madenza Kutumela May 24, 2018 07:44 AM
This is the very good team
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mazobi12 May 23, 2018 07:20 AM
Oh fabregas madoda
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Big[®]sykes May 21, 2018 08:17 PM
What did my Sergi Roberto do to deserve izembe
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Big[®]sykes May 21, 2018 08:15 PM
Diego Costa in Morata out tjo this Costa failed in Brazil nje
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Big[®]sykes May 21, 2018 08:14 PM
@Soni_JX what's with the red pen dude,everyone make mistakes it looks like the word cowditor got you excited chill dude. Relax
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TUMI-555 May 21, 2018 06:28 PM
So No Marcos Alonso???? Whose gonna hit those free kicks for Spain???
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TUMI-555 May 21, 2018 06:24 PM
A good moce by Diego Costa his decision to leave Chelasea earned him a space in WC.
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atlijozi May 21, 2018 06:00 PM
What is the Mata Mr Lopetegui, where's Juan Mata?
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Soni_JX May 21, 2018 05:44 PM
This lousy editor.....the only thing he knows best, is messi this and messi that. COWditor......siss-messi plays in Spain, he is not playing for Spain. Wake up and smell it, the World Cup is here, not LaLiga. Its Alvaro.....not "Alonso".
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MAN-JOSH May 21, 2018 04:31 PM
Huh!unstopable team so I dont think any squad can stop this one huh!
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Mentashe May 21, 2018 04:26 PM
GOOD SQUAD.
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Thagalekgwara May 21, 2018 03:45 PM
People can't stop smoking..Alonso Morata??yah neh!myb dis cowditor is the 1 who wrote Mathota instead of Mathoho during Rio Olympics..Lebake le bapala ka batho..jerrrr!!!
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MR E May 21, 2018 03:38 PM
I can't blame him, spain has good players they all deserve to be the, I wonder why fabregas was not included!
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laqwela May 21, 2018 03:11 PM
not a very strong team but they can go all the way,its possible.
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aka4khosi4life May 21, 2018 03:04 PM
Woow strong team
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN May 21, 2018 02:30 PM
So according to the drunk editor Alvaro Morata has turned into Xabi Alonso
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timhoward May 21, 2018 02:16 PM
Editor,It's Alvaro Morata,not Alonso!
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JAWS OF LIFE May 21, 2018 02:15 PM
Y0h suprising even Mata and Fabregas are n0t in the squard.
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simphiwe shangase May 21, 2018 01:45 PM
Morata's name should be in your list couch.
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pato May 21, 2018 01:40 PM
The starring is ISCo.....

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