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Luis de la Fuente announces first Spain squad ahead of Euro 2024 qualifiers

New Spain head coach Luis de la Fuente has announced his first squad following his appointment a few months ago. 

La Roja are due to face Norway and Scotland in their first Group A qualifying games for the 2024 European Championship.

Kepa Arrizabalaga received a call-up after regaining his spot at Chelsea under manager Graham Potter. The 28-year-old has ousted Edouard Mendy.

Arrizabalaga has not played for Spain since he started their 0-0 draw against Portugal in October 2020.

He has played for Chelsea 26 times this season and become an integral part of their squad following Thomas Tuchel’s departure from the club.

Real Madrid stars Nacho Fernandez, Dani Ceballos and Dani Carvajal have also made the 26-man squad.

Fernandez has been in remarkable form for Los Blancos this season. He has played in several positions to help his boyhood club in any way he can.

David Garcia, Martin Zubimendi and Joselu have been called-up for the first time. Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas is also in the squad.

Brighton & Hove Albion keeper Robert Sanchez gets a call-up, despite losing his starting berth at club level. Brentford keeper David Raya is also in the squad.

Barcelona midfielder Pedri has only just returned from an injury lay-off, but has been called up alongside midfield partner Gavi.

Long-time stalwarts Sergio Busquets and Sergio Ramos recently retired from international football. It is unclear who will take the captain’s armband.

Spain squad

Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Robert Sanchez, David Raya.

Defenders: Jose Gaya, Alejandro Balde, Aymeric Laporte, Inigo Martinez, Nacho Fernandez, David Garcia, Pedro Porro, Dani Carvajal.

Midfielders: Rodri, Martin Zubimendi, Gavi, Fabian Ruiz, Mikel Merino, Dani Ceballos, Pedri

Forwards: Alvaro Morata, Dani Olmo, Nico Williams, Bryan Gil, Mikel Oyarzabal, Iago Aspas, Joselu, Gerard Moreno.

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