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Spain announce 23-man squad for World Cup

Sun Online Desk     22nd May, 2018 02:59:47 printer

Spain announce 23-man squad for World Cup

Spain have announced a star-studded World Cup squad ahead of Russia this summer.


Head coach Julen Lopetegui named his 23-man squad on Monday with Chelsea's Alvaro Morata the headline name to miss out alongside Blues teammates Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Marcos Alonso. Cesar Azpilicueta and former Chelsea striker Diego Costa are included, however.


Sergio Ramos will captain the side and is joined by Real Madrid teammates Marco Asensio, Dani Carvajal, Nacho and Lucas Vazquez.


Spain, seen by many as tournament favourites, open their campaign against rivals Portugal on June 15 before facing Iran five days later. They close Group B against Morocco on June 25.


Full squad


Goalkeepers: David De Gea (Manchester United), Pepe Reina (Napoli), Kepa (Athletic Bilbao)


Defenders: Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Nacho (all Real Madrid), Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique (both Barcelona), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Odriozola (Real Sociedad)


Midfield: Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta (both Barcelona) Saúl, Koke (both Atletico), Thiago (Bayern) David Silva (Manchester City),

Isco, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vázquez (all Real Madrid)


Forward: Iago Aspas (Celta), Rodrigo (Valencia), Diego Costa (Atletico)