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Spain announce 23-man selection for the 2018 World Cup in Russia

Spain have announced a star-studded World Cup squad ahead of Russia this summer.

Head coach Julen Lopetegui named his 23-man squad on Monday with Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata the headline name to miss out alongside Blues teammates Cesc Fabregas, Pedro and Marcos Alonso. Cesar Azpilicueta and former Chelsea striker Diego Costa are included, however.

Manchester United’s David De Gea is the No 1 choice between the sticks with former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina backing him up.

Sergio Ramos will captain the side and is joined by Real Madrid teammates Marco Asensio, Dani Carvajal, Nacho and Lucas Vazquez.

Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta, who is leaving the Camp Nou after 22 years this summer, is also included. He of course scored the winning goal in the final back in 2010.

Morata’s late-season lack of form appears to have cost him his place in Russia.

The 25-year-old managed only 11 league goals this season and after falling behind Olivier Giroud in the Stamford Bridge pecking order only appeared as a last-minute substitute in Saturday’s FA Cup final victory over Manchester United.

Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin, Atletico Madrid forward Vitolo and Bayern midfielder Javi Martinez are also surprise omissions.


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