Chelsea play maker Cesc Fabregas and Spanish veteran Iker Casillas were notable name missing from the players’ list released by Vincent del Bosque’s replacement.
Manager Julen Lopetegui released his first invitation to players this week as Spain is trying to restore itself as the best after their 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016 stumble.
Spain were a real dominant force with their talented player and unique style of play from 2008-2012. They won the 2010 World Cup, and Euro 2008 and 2012. Lopetegui has been handed a critical task of returning the country to winning ways. Hence, the start is to get the best players to feature in games. He decided to leave out Spain’s most capped player in Casillas. Casillas has 167 caps for Spain, while Fabregas has featured 110 times for his country.
Spain is set to play against Belgium and Liechtenstein during the international window in a bid to get a ticket to Moscow. Chelsea striker Diego Costa and Manchester United’s Juan Mata got a recall to the national team after being left out of the Euro 2016 squad. David de Gea is set to appear in goal, as he did during the tournament in Brazil. Adrian of West Ham and Pepe Reina of Napoli are the spare goalkeepers.
Regulars Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal, Gerard Pique, and Jordi Alba got a call to the team, with Borussia Dortmund’s Marc Bartra, Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta and Javi Martinez completing the list of defenders.