Spain squad: De Gea stored out as Kepa returns


Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea stays out of the Spain squad whereas Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga returns as Luis de la Fuente selected an enormous overhaul in his first choice as new nationwide workforce boss.

De la Fuente beforehand coach the county’s under-21s facet and changed Luis Enrique shortly after Spain had been eradicated by Morocco within the quarterfinals of the 2022 World Cup.

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Solely 11 members of the squad on the event in Qatar are in his 26-man choice for the upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers in opposition to Norway and Scotland, with three uncapped gamers included — Actual Sociedad‘s Martin Zubimendi, Osasuna‘s David Garcia and Espanyol‘s Joselu Mato.

Neither De Gea nor Kepa had been a part of the Spain squad on the World Cup.

De Gea, who has carried out properly this season and not too long ago grew to become United’s all-time clear sheet report holder, has not featured for Spain since October 2020. In the meantime, Kepa’s revival at Chelsea have earned him a recall — the primary time he’s again within the squad since November 2020.

Brighton’s Robert Sanchez and Brentford‘s David Raya stay within the group.

“Our goalkeeper Unai Simon is out injured. We wish him a speedy recovery,” De la Fuetne stated in a information convention on Friday. “Kepa is the most experienced of the three [Raya and Sanchez] but they will have to earn their place.

“We are going to have a look at how they do every day earlier than deciding who begins. All three are excellent and I am certain whoever performs will do properly.”

“When choosing this squad, I’ve not seemed on the previous however fairly at present and the long run.”

Celta Vigo ahead Iago Aspas returns to the national team for the first time since June 2019. The 35-year-old has scored 11 goals in 25 league appearances for Celta.

There were calls in Spain for Aspas’ teammate, highly-rated midfielder Gabri Veiga, to receive his first call-up but the 20-year-old was left out.

Another player back after a long absence is Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez, with his last appearance for Spain in 2018.

Tottenham winger Bryan Gil, who has solely featured 269 minutes in LaLiga since becoming a member of Sevilla on a six-month loan in January, was a surprise inclusion on the roster.

He is joined by Spurs teammate Pedro Porro.

Spain host Norway on March 25 and take on Scotland in Glasgow on March 28.

“Norway aren’t simply [Erling] Haaland, they’ve a terrific workforce. They’ve excellent gamers,” De la Fuente said. “We are going to attempt to restrict them. Everyone knows Haaland, who’s the modern striker and now crucial in world soccer, however I am specializing in my gamers, who’re additionally nice.”

Spain 26-player choice:

Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea), Robert Sanchez (Brighton) and David Raya (Brentford).

Defenders: Jose Luis Gaya (Valencia), Alejandro Balde (FC Barcelona), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester Metropolis), Inigo Martinez (Athletic Membership), Nacho Fernandez and Dani Carvajal (Actual Madrid), David García (Osasuna) and Pedro Porro (Tottenham).

Midfielders: Rodri Hernandez (Manchester Metropolis), Martin Zubimendi and Mikel Merino (Actual Sociedad), Pedri and Gavi (FC Barcelona), Fabian Ruiz (PSG) and Dani Ceballos (Actual Madrid).

Forwards: Alvaro Morata (Atletico de Madrid), Dani Olmo (Leipzig), Nico Williams (Athletic Membership), Bryan Gil (Sevilla), Mikel Oyazarbal (Actual Sociedad), Iago Aspas (Celta), Joselu (RCD Espanyol) and Gerard Moreno (Villarreal).

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