Spain has announced their World Cup squad and a few notable names have been left off of the roster.
Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has left Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata, Cesc Fabregas and Marcos Alonso out of his 23-man squad for the upcoming World Cup in Russia.
Lopetegui elected to take Monreal over Alonso, despite Alonso’s impressive play this season in the Premier League.
“Monreal has come with us many times,” Lopetegui said at a news conference on Monday. “We know him well and we are convinced he will help us.”
“I want to remember those players that were crucial in qualifying and helped us, including Alvaro Morata, Marc Bartra [and] Vitolo, but have not made the squad,” Lopetegui said. “I spoke to those that I thought that I had to speak to.
“It’s not easy to give 23 players and the doubt always exists. In the case of Morata, he’s had a complex season but he could have come. He hasn’t because another player has convinced us more.”
Spain’s 23-player squad:
Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao), David De Gea (Manchester United), Pepe Reina (Napoli)
Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Nacho (Real Madrid), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Alvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
Midfielders: Isco (Real Madrid), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), David Silva (Manchester City), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid), Koke (Atletico Madrid)
Forwards: Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), Rodrigo (Valencia), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid)