Spain OUT Liverpool’s Thiago and veteran Sergio Ramos as they join goalkeepers David de Gea and Kepa Arrizabalaga to stay at home… as manager Luis Enrique snubs his aging stars for Qatar
Spain have announced their World Cup squad, but there is no place for legendary defender Sergio Ramos or Liverpool midfielder Thiago.
Luis Enrique announced his 26-player roster on the Friday before the tournament begins on November 20.
However, the Spanish coach did not select the PSG defender Ramos, despite the fact that the centre-back had played 180 games for Spain and was the player with the most caps in the history of his national team.
Spain coach Luis Enrique announced his final 26-man squad for the World Cup on Friday.
Legendary Spanish defender Sergio Ramos has been left out of his final 26-man squad
Liverpool’s Thiago was also snubbed, as he has not played for Spain since Euro 2020.
Reds star Thiago was also left out, as the midfielder hasn’t played for his country since Euro 2020 last summer, even though he excelled at 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 chosen.
Premier League goalkeepers were preferred over Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea, while Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga was left out of the tournament through injury.
Chelsea captain César Azpilicueta was one of five Premier League stars chosen by Spain
There were also places within the 26 for the Manchester City duo formed by Rodri and Aymeric Laporte
Real Madrid and Barcelona veterans Dani Carvajal and Jordi Alba respectively were the favourites, while former Manchester City defender Eric Garcia was also in attendance.
The midfield was a mix of experience and youth, with Sergio Busquets chosen alongside Koke, while Barcelona’s young stars Gavi and Pedri were in the last 26.
In attack, Chelsea flop Álvaro Morata was selected and is expected to lead the line, while another former City star, Ferran Torres, was picked.
Ansu Fati, the 20-year-old Barcelona star, was chosen after questions were raised about whether he would be in Enrique’s final team.
Brentford and Brighton goalkeepers David Raya (L) and Robert Sanchez (R) were chosen
Manchester United and Chelsea goalkeepers David De Gea and Kepa Arrizabalaga were left out
Among other notable names included in the squad were former Manchester United transfer target Pau Torres, Villarreal star Yeremy Pino, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal, and Nico Williams, whose brother, Iñaki, is set to move. represent Ghana in Qatar.
Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Simon is expected to be Spain’s number one in the tournament, while in total Barcelona were the most represented club in the country’s final squad with seven players.
La Roja lost on penalties at the round of 16 stage to hosts Russia in 2018 and Enrique, who took charge of the national team after that tournament, will be hoping to build on last year’s European Championship semi-final loss to Italy.
Spain is in Group E of the Qatar tournament with Costa Rica, Germany and Japan.
Enrique’s team kicks off its World Cup campaign with its match against Costa Rica on November 23.
Complete squad of the World Cup in Spain
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
Forward: Ferran Torres, Nico Williams, Yeremy Pino, Álvaro Morata, Marco Asensio, Pablo Sarabia, Dani Olmo, Ansu Fati