Spain’s La Roja revealed its 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on Monday, but with some noticeable absentees in the team, including the Chelsea duo of Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata.
Also left out by coach Julen Lopetegui were defenders Marcos Alonso of Chelsea and Hector Bellerin of Arsenal.
The 23-man list is characteristically dominated by players from the three biggest clubs in Spain; Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. This is, however, the first time in 10 years that Real Madrid will produce majority of the Spanish players for a major competition with six, followed by Barcelona with four and Atletico with three.
Coach Lopetegui called up his usual regulars from the three teams, as well as players from other La Liga teams and clubs outside Spain who impressed throughout the recently concluded 2017/2018 season.
Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid got to make the team squad, despite the combative striker having played for only five months, following his contracted transfer to the Madrid-based team from Chelsea.
Also included is Real Madrid’s Isco, who struggled at Real Madrid this season, Iago Aspas, who had a terrific season at Celta Vigo, and Andres Iniesta of Barcelona, who announced that this would be his last World Cup as a player of the Spanish team.
Spain’s 23-player squad:
Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao), David De Gea (Manchester United), Pepe Reina (Napoli)
Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Nacho (Real Madrid), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Alvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Midfielders: Isco (Real Madrid), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), David Silva (Manchester City), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid), Koke (Atletico Madrid)
Forwards: Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), Rodrigo (Valencia), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid)