Big names dropped as Spain name World Cup squad

Big names dropped as Spain name World Cup squad

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Julen Lopetegui has named four Premier League players in his squad, with David De Gea, David Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and Nacho Monreal all included.

“Including four players up front was not something we wanted to do,” said manager Lopetegui.

“We have opted for three other players who had different assets.”

Spain begins their campaign against Portugal on 15 June in Sochi.

Chelsea forward Alvaro Morata is one of the big names to be dropped.

Despite his omission from the squad, the striker has taken to twitter to wish his countrymen “lots of luck” in the tournament.

Morata’s Blues team-mates Marcos Alonso and Cesc Fabregas join Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin in also missing out on selection.

Other big names are Sergio Roberto, Javi Martinez and Manchester United’s duo of Juan Mata and Ander Herrera.

There is room, however, for Morata’s predecessor at Chelsea, with Diego Costa named among the strikers travelling to Russia.

Real Madrid and Barcelona supply 10 players between them, with veteran Barca midfielder Andres Iniesta included.

Spain squad:

Goalkeepers: David de Gea (Manchester United), Pepe Reina (Napoli), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao).

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

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Isco (Real Madrid), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), 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 Moreno (Valencia), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid).

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