FIFA 18 World Cup: The Squad of Spain

Julen Lopetegui has announced the final 23-man squad for Spain and the image below is the official announcement of Spanish 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 23man squad is listed below with 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
2 Pepe Reina Napoli 35 GK
3 Kepa Arrizabalaga Athletic Bilbao 23 GK
4 Dani Carvajal Real Madrid 26 Defender
5 Alvaro Odriozola Real Soceidad 22 Defender
6 Gerard Pique Barcelona 31 Defender
7 Sergio Ramos  Real Madrid 32 Defender
8 Nacho Real Madrid 28 Defender
9 Cesar Azpilicueta  Chelsea 28 Defender
10 Jordi Alba Barcelona 29 Defender
11 Nacho Monreal  Arsenal 32 Defender
12 Sergio Busquets Barcelona 29 Defender
13 Saul Niguez  Atletico Madrid 23 Midfielder
14 Koke Atletico Madrid 26 Midfielder
15 Thiago Alcantara Bayern Munich 27 Midfielder
16 Andres Iniesta Barcelona 34 Midfielder
17 David Silva Manchester City 32 Midfielder
18 Isco Real Madrid 26 Midfielder
19 Marco Asensio Real Madrid 22 Midfielder
20 Lucas Vazquez Real Madrid 26 Forward
21 Iago Aspas Celta Vigo 30 Forward
22 Rodrigo Moreno Valencia 27 Forward
23 Diego Costa Atletico Madrid 29 Forward

Spain Coach: Julen Lopetegui

Spain will be one of the favourites to go all the way in 2018 world cup under new coach Julen Lopetegui who was a surprise appointment back in 2016 after Vicente Del Bosque retired from international coaching role. Spain have been doing pretty well under Lopetegui since he took over and he has been forced to change from that famous 4-3-3 system to more of a 4-5-1 due to lack of quality wingers. Lopetegui do have to improvise with his team selection as the squad is not as talented as it used to be.

Possible Starting Lineups:

David De Gea is surely set to start in goal for Spain after his incredible form over the last few seasons. Jordi Alba and Dani Carvjal/Cesar Azpilicueta as full backs. Sergio Ramos and Pique to continue playing in central defense roles. Sergio Busquets to start as defensive midfielder with Saul Niguez and Thiago Alcantara taking central midfield roles. Spain do not have proper recognized pacy wingers and we can expect Isco and Koke to start on either side of the flanks and depending on match situations Marco Asensio and Suso can be used as forwards in three man attack . Diego Costa is surely first choice striker with Alvaro Morata as back up.

Youngsters to watchout for: Marco Asensio and Suso

Asensio is still young and might not start every game but he is a player who might surprise a few one given a chance. Already a first team player at Real Madrid scoring in the Champions League final he certainly have what it takes to be a first team player with national team. Suso is another name currently playing at Milan who can be used as right winger and behind the striker.

Spain Schedule of World Cup 2018:

Spain got a tough competition this year in group stage. The first team against whom they play opening match are the European champions (Portugal). The other two teams later they face Iran and Morocco.

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