Spain LEAVE OUT Liverpool’s Thiago and veteran Sergio Ramos as they join keepers David de Gea and Kepa Arrizabalaga in staying at home… with coach Luis Enrique snubbing his ageing stars for Qatar
Spain have announced their World Cup squad for Qatar – but there is no place for legendary defender Sergio Ramos or Liverpool midfielder Thiago.
Luis Enrique announced his 26-man list on Friday ahead of the tournament getting underway on November 20.
However, the Spanish boss didn’t select PSG defender Ramos, despite the centre-back having won 180 caps for Spain and being the most capped player in his national team’s history.
Spain head coach Luis Enrique announced his final 26-man squad for the World Cup on Friday
Legendary Spanish defender Sergio Ramos has been left out their final group jetting to Qatar
Liverpool’s Thiago was also snubbed, having not featured for Spain since Euro 2020
Reds star Thiago also missed out, with the midfielder not featuring for his country since Euro 2020 last summer, despite excelling for Liverpool.
There were places for five Premier League stars in Cesar Azpilicueta, Aymeric Laporte and Rodri, while Brentford and Brighton goalkeepers David Raya and Robert Sanchez were also picked.
The Premier League stoppers were preferred over Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, while Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga was ruled out of the tournament with injury.
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta was one of five Premier League stars picked by Spain
There were also places within the 26 for the Manchester City pair of Rodri and Aymeric Laporte
Real Madrid and Barcelona veterans Dani Carvajal and Jordi Alba respectively were preferred, while former Man City defender Eric Garcia was also in.
The midfield was a mix of experience and youth, with Sergio Busquets picked along with Koke, while Barcelona’s star youngsters Gavi and Pedri were in the final 26.
In attack, Chelsea flop Alvaro Morata was selected and is expected to lead the line, while another former City star in Ferran Torres was picked.
Ansu Fati, the 20-year-old Barcelona star was chosen after question marks were raised over whether he would make Enrique’s final squad.
Manchester United and Chelsea stoppers David De Gea and Kepa Arrizabalaga were left out
Among other notable names included in the squad, there was former Manchester United transfer target Pau Torres, Villarreal starlet Yeremy Pino – who has been linked with a move to Arsenal and Nico Williams, who’s brother, Inaki, is set to represent Ghana in Qatar.
Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Simon is expected to be No1 for Spain at the tournament, while in total, Barcelona were the most represented club side in the country’s final squad with seven players.
La Roja crashed out on penalties in the Round of 16 stage to hosts Russia back in 2018 and Enrique, who took charge of the national team following that tournament, will hope to build on last year’s European Championship semi-final defeat to Italy.
Spain are in Group E for the tournament in Qatar with Costa Rica, Germany and Japan.
Enrique’s side kick off their World Cup campaign with their match against Costa Rica on November 23.
Full Spain World Cup squad
Goalkeepers: Unai Simon, Robert Sanchez, David Raya
Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta, Dani Carvajal, Eric Garcia, Hugo Guillamon, Pau Torres, Aymeric Laporte, Jordi Alba, Jose Gaya
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Rodri, Gavi, Carlos Soler, Marcos Llorente, Pedri, Koke
Forwards: Ferran Torres, Nico Williams, Yeremy Pino, Alvaro Morata, Marco Asensio, Pablo Sarabia, Dani Olmo, Ansu Fati