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Sergio Ramos and Thiago left out of Spain World Cup squad, Fati included

Spain head coach Luis Enrique has released the 26-man squad for the 2022 World Cup, with Sergio Ramos and Thiago Alcantara failing to make the cut.

Ramos was in the provisional squad following his return to form with Paris Saint-Germain this season but has failed to make it to the final list.

Thiago has been snubbed by Enrique due to his slump in form with Liverpool this season.

Kepa Arrizabalaga has also been omitted despite being on the preliminary list, with Unai Simon, Robert Sanchez and David Raya the goalkeepers selected for the World Cup in Qatar.

Valencia defender Hugo Guillamon has earned a place in the squad, joined by Pau Torres, Cesar Azpilicueta and Aymeric Laporte.

Barcelona players dominate the list, with Sergio Busquets, Pedri, Gavi, Jordi Alba, Ferran Torres and Ansu Fati called up.

Fati’s inclusion comes as a surprise, given that he has struggled for form this season. However, Enrique looks to have a lot of trust in the 20-year-old.

Marco Asensio and Davi Carvajal are the only players selected from Real Madrid.


Manchester City’s midfield maestro Rodri is included alongside Atletico Madrid duo Koke and Marcos Llorente.

Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas has been overlooked by Enrique once again despite his prolific form in La Liga.

There is no place for Ferran Jutgla, who made it to the provisional squad following his brilliant form with Club Brugge.

Alvaro Morata, Pablo Sarabia and Dani Olmo are among the forwards summoned, while Athletic Bilbao’s sensation Nico Williams has also received the go-ahead a little more than a month after making his debut with La Roja.

Spain are drawn in Group E and will face Costa Rica in their opening game on November 23.

Spain World Cup squad

Goalkeepers: Unai Simón (Athletic Bilbao), Robert Sánchez (Brighton & Hove Albion), David Raya (Brentford).

Defenders: Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), César Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Eric García (Barcelona), Hugo Guillamón (Valencia), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Jose Gayá (Valencia).

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

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

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