Morata, Fabregas out of Spain's world cup squad

WORLD CUP COUNTDOWN—24 DAYS

 

Spain coach Julien Lopetegui gave few surprises when he named the Spanish squad of 23 players for this summer's World Cup on Monday.

 

Lopetegui had commented in interviews a week before giving his squad that he was unlikely to call up any players who had not played for Spain during the season and that was the case with no uncapped players included in the squad.

 

Perhaps the only surprise is the absence of Chelsea's former Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, who had scored 5 goals in 5 appearances for Spain during 2017 and has had 13 goals in 23 appearances for his country.

 

Other players to miss out are Atletico Madrid winger Vitolo and Chelsea left back Marcos Alonso, who had been included in Lopetegui's last squad in May of this year.

 

Spain have been drawn in Group B and will play Portugal, Iran and Morocco, with their first game against the Portuguese in Sochi on June 15.

 

Following is the full squad:

 

Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Pepe Reina, Kepa Arrizabalaga

 

Defenders: Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Nacho Fernandez, Alvaro Odriozola, Cesar Azpilicueta, Nacho Monreal.

 

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, David Silva, Isco, Koke, Saul Niguez, Thiago Alcantara,

 

Forwards: Rodrigo Moreno, Iago Aspas, Diego Costa, Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio.

Related Articles