Spain might have been knocked out in the very first round in the 2014 World Cup but they are no pushovers when it comes to performing in big tournaments. The new-look Spain side led by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has the right balance of youth and experience and they go into the FIFA World Cup 2018 as one of the title contenders.
Julen Lopetegui has announced the final 23-man squad for Spain and the image below is the official announcement of Spain Squad. Alvaro Morata misses out on the world cup while Aspas, Rodrigo, Lucas Vasquez and Asensio joins Diego Costa in the final 23 man squad.
Spain 23 Man World Cup Squad Confirmed: Spain’s confirmed final 23 man squad is listed below with a couple of surprise inclusions in Alvaro Odriozola and Lucas Vazquez as Morata misses out in the final squad.
|1||David de Gea||Manchester United||27||GK|
|3||Kepa Arrizabalaga||Athletic Bilbao||23||GK|
|4||Dani Carvajal||Real Madrid||26||Defender|
|5||Alvaro Odriozola||Real Soceidad||22||Defender|
|7||Sergio Ramos||Real Madrid||32||Defender|
|13||Saul Niguez||Atletico Madrid||23||Midfielder|
|15||Thiago Alcantara||Bayern Munich||27||Midfielder|
|17||David Silva||Manchester City||32||Midfielder|
|19||Marco Asensio||Real Madrid||22||Midfielder|
|20||Lucas Vazquez||Real Madrid||26||Forward|
|21||Iago Aspas||Celta Vigo||30||Forward|
|23||Diego Costa||Atletico Madrid||29||Forward|
2018 FIFA World Cup Spain Team Squad
David de Gea, Pepe Reina, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jordi Alba, Nacho Monreal, Alvaro Odriozola, Nacho Fernandez, Dani Carvajal, Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Cesar Azpilicueta, Sergio Busquets, Isco, Thiago Alcantara, David Silva, Andres Iniesta, Saul Niguez, Koke, Marco Asensio, Iago Aspas, Diego Costa, Rodrigo Moreno, Lucas Vazquez.
Let us take a look at who all will be making it to the playing XI.
In all likelihood, Spain will be deploying a 4-2-3-1 formation.
2018 FIFA World Cup Spain Goalkeeper
With the world’s best in their squad, Spain will not look beyond David de Gea to guard the goal for them.
2018 FIFA World Cup Spain Defenders
The defense will be taken care of by a duo each from Barcelona and Real Madrid. Davi Carvajal will be the right-back, Jordi Alba will be the left-back while veterans Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique will take care of the central defense. With the likes of Nacho Fernandez, Azplicueta and Nacho Monreal, Spain have a decent back-up for their defenders.
2018 FIFA World Cup Spain Midfield
Midfield is one area where there will be a lot of competition among the Spaniards. In spite of that, four out of the five places are all but decided. Thiago Alcantara and Sergio Busquets will be the holding midfielders while David Silva and Isco will be the right-winger and the number 10 respectively. The left-winger position will be a toss-up between Andres Iniesta and Marco Asensio and the former Barcelona star might just edge out the Real Madrid star, who might be useful as an impact substitute for the left-winger’s role.
2018 FIFA World Cup Spain Forward
it is highly unlikely that Spain will be deploying a False-9 tactic in the 2019 World Cup. Diego Costa is likely to get the nod as the striker ahead of Rodrigo.
2018 FIFA World Cup Spain Last 11
De Gea, Carvajal, Pique, Ramos, Alba, Sergio Busquets, Thiago, David Silva, Isco, Iniesta, Costa