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The Spanish National team has the strength to rival any other team in the World Cup and will aim to lift the cup and erase their previous World Cup embarrassment. Julen Lopetegui’s side has been on fire in the qualification stages, the squad that will go to the World Cup features pretty big names but some of the players who didn’t make the squad might have made it in any other team.
Goalkeepers: David De Gea (Manchester United), Pepe Reina (Napoli), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao)
Defenders: Jordi Alba (Barcelona), César Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Nacho Fernández (Real Madrid), Gerard Piqué (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Álvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad)
Midfielders: Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona), Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion (Atletico Madrid), Saul Ňiguez (Atletico Madrid), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), David Silva (Manchester City), Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid), Francisco “Isco” Alarcón (Real Madrid)
Forwards: Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Rodrigo (Valencia), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid)
Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin, Chelsea players Alvaro Morata, Cesc Fabregas and Marcos Alonso have all been left out of Spain’s World Cup squad while Sociedad’s Álvaro Odriozola, Valencia’s Rodrigo, Atletico’s Saul Ňiguez and Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal made the cut.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
The Spanish National Team have always had a treasury of talents available to them. Looking at the squad, Premier League Golden Glove recipient David De Gea, a partnership between Sergio Ramos and Gerard Piqué will be crucial and Spain’s everlasting midfield maestro Andrés Iniesta will hold the key as well.
The sheer quality of the midfield in the Spanish National Team has always been hailed, this year won’t be any different. The depth of the squad is commendable as well.
The lack of a world-class striker will haunt Spain and even the backup strikers have a rather low profile.
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