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Reaction to Spain’s World Cup Squad

Julen Lopetegui has announced his final 23 man squad for the 2018 Russian World Cup today. A few surprises were bound to be in store for some players and there certainly are a few. Overall however there should be little argument with the starting line up and the players to be called on will certainly make Spain one of the early tournament favourites. The one player who will take the greatest disappointment in not being in the 23 is Marc Bartra. The centre back has revolutionised Real Betis since his…

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Spain’s expected preliminary World Cup squad

With the first game of the Russia 2018 World Cup less than one month away at this point, it is time to have a look at Spain’s potential squad. National team manager Julen Lopetegui is expected to send his preliminary 35 man list to FIFA next Monday (21st May). Here we will take a look at what players are guaranteed to make this list, who are maybes and those on the fringes also. Of course this list will also be cut down to 23 before the start of the World…

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Marcos Alonso “Going to the World Cup would be a dream”

Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso was interviewed by Spanish newspaper Marca in which he discussed everything from making it to the Spain squad to his time at Chelsea and his future plans. When asked how he left about being called-up so last minute, he prefers to think about the now: “It’s an honour to represent my country and going to the World Cup would be a dream scenario” but he understands how difficult it is to break into the squad “Spain has some really good players, the important thing is that…

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Julen Lopetegui praises Spain after draw with World Cup holders Germany

Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui was pleased with his side’s performance in Dusseldorf, after taking the defending World Cup champions Germany the distance in their 1-1 draw on Friday night. Rodrigo opened the scoring for the visitors in the sixth minute before Thomas Muller levelled the scoreline 30 minutes later with a goal to remember. Lopetegui has received praise in recent times for his team selections as he has veered towards players with smaller reputations who have been impressing for their domestic clubs. Lopetegui’s unbeaten streak continues Friday’s draw will only increase the plaudits…

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Jordi Alba dreams of trophy-laden year with Barcelona and Spain

Barcelona’s Jordi Alba has set his sights on a successful year, following Spain’s 1-1 draw against reigning World Cup champions Germany at the Esprit Arena in Dusseldorf. La Roja started the brighter opening the scoring in the sixth minute through Rodrigo before Thomas Muller’s wonder-goal spared the hosts of any blushes. Despite the draw, head coach Julen Lopetegui will be pleased with his squad’s performance as it puts them in good stead. Alba’s trophy-laden plans Post-match, full-back Alba expressed his desires and feels the possibilities he has are endless. “It would…

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Julen Lopetegui expects a hard game against a “demanding” Germany

Spain national team coach Julen Lopetegui has praised his team’s rivals and their manager this evening during a pre-match press conference. Speaking from Dusseldorf, Lopetegui has said that Germany, who are Spain’s rivals this evening (19:45 BST/GMT BT Sport 3), have grown from strength to strength. “They won the Confederations cup with nine or ten U-21 players and at the same time the U-21 team won the Euros. This speaks volumes of how well they are doing things, ” he said. When asked if La Roja is favourite to win…

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WC Russia 2018: Who will make the Spain squad? – Sergi Roberto axed in RB role

Following on from our first Who will make the Spain squad feature, we now focus on the right back role which sees Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Odriozola favourites for the trip to Russia this summer. Jule Lopetegui has an abundance of options at right-back, but it now seems heading into the upcoming friendlies with Germany and Argentina – that he is settled on two for the World Cup. Real Madrid’s Carvajal is favourite to start in the tournament, having played well this season for Los Blancos and his experience alongside…

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WC Russia 2018: Who will make the Spain squad? – Mix of youth and experience with Keepers

Spain boss Julen Lopetegui will opt for a mix of youth and experience in choosing his keeper’s for the World Cup this summer in Russia. Over the past 12 months, Lopetegui has refused to select anyone but Pepe Reina, Kepa and David De Gea, picking all three for the final World Cup qualifiers and the upcoming friendlies with Germany and Argentina. Napoli keeper Reina has the most experience of the three keepers, having made 36 international appearances, whilst his club form for Italian side Napoli has been that impressive this…

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Julen Lopetegui: Andrés Iniesta is playing better than last year

Spain national team coach Julen Lopetegui gave an interview to Spanish radio programme Partidazo de la COPE yesterday where he discussed, among other things, Andrés Iniesta’s current form and Álvaro Morata’s options to make it into the World Cup squad. Spain has a tough international break, facing both Germany and Argentina. Lopetegui insists that since these are their last games before the tournament kicks off in June they prefer having tough rivals, “so we could properly assess our chances in the World Cup”. “We wanted these last two games to be…

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Spain set to face Argentina in pre-World Cup friendly

Lionel Messi could come face to face with the country in which he has made his name for the first time on the international stage as MARCA say that the Argentine FA consider the deal for a friendly between Spain and Argentina to be virtually sealed. It’s thought that the game will be played on 27th March 2018, at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium. The date had originally been allocated as the time for a game against Holland, who have failed to qualify for the World Cup, but the Spanish…

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