Ansu Fati named in Spain’s World Cup squad but no room for Sergio Ramos or Thiago

Ansu Fati has been included in Spain’s 26-man squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar ⁠— but there was no place on Luis Enrique’s shortlist for Liverpool’s Thiago or Paris Saint’s Sergio Ramos. Germain.

Barcelona striker Fati, 20, had the opportunity to add to his four international caps in Qatar.

He is already a Barcelona regular where he has scored three goals in 20 games in all competitions this season.

Fati will be joined in Qatar by fellow youngsters Nico Williams, Yeremy Pino and Hugo Guillamon, with Enrique opting for a youth squad.

But a number of familiar faces were left at home. Villarreal striker Gerard Moreno has been ruled out, as have Thiago, Ramos and Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

In-form Borja Iglesias will be disappointed to have been left out, as will Real Sociedad striker Brais Mendez, who returned to the international squad last year.

David de Gea is another notable absentee, with the Manchester United number one having long fallen out of favor with Enrique.

Spain are heading into their 12th consecutive World Cup final and are looking to win the tournament for the first time since 2010.

Enrique’s side, however, find themselves in one of the toughest groups in the tournament. They will face Germany, champions in 2014, as well as Japan and Costa Rica.

Spain begin their World Cup campaign on November 23 against Costa Rica. Their tantalizing clash with Germany will take place on November 27 and they will complete their group stage campaign against Japan on December 1.

Guardians: Unai Simon (Athletic Bilbao), Robert Sanchez (Brighton & Hove Albion), David Raya (Brentford).

Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Eric Garcia (Barcelona), Hugo Guillamon (Valencia), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Jose Gaya (Valencia).

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodri (Manchester City), Gavi (Barcelona), Carlos Soler (Paris Saint-Germain), Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid), Pedri (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid).

Forwards: Ferran Torres (Barcelona), Nico Williams (Athletic Bilbao), Yeremi Pino (Villarreal), Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Pablo Sarabia (Paris Saint-Germain), Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig), Ansu Fati (Barcelona).

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When naming the team, Luis Enrique said he had mostly thought of the strikers, making the final decision the night before.

Ansu Fati was left out of the squad for the September games but returned as Luis Enrique said he has fully recovered from injury but is yet to return to his best form.

“We are still waiting for Ansu to come back to his level before, we are all looking for that,” the coach said.

“I choose the players who, in my opinion, best interpret the idea we have of football,” said Luis Enrique.

Young wide forwards Nico Williams (Athletic Bilbao) and Yeremy Pino (Villarreal) have also been included, benefiting from the long-term injury problems of Euro 2020 squad members Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad) and Gerard Moreno ( Villarreal).

When announcing the team, the national coach kept repeating that he always chooses players who correspond to his idea of ​​the team: “It will be the national team that you have seen in the last three years. I don’t change now.

It meant no chance of recall for players who dropped out along the way – including PSG’s Sergio Ramos, Liverpool’s Thiago Alcantara, Manchester United’s David de Gea, Chelsea’s Kepa or Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz.

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