Spain coach excludes 15 players from World Cup squad

Spain's new coach Luis de LaFuente has left 15 players out of the squad for last year's World Cup in Qatar during the announcement of his first squad since succeeding Luis Enrique in December.

De LaFuente named just 11 players from Spain's squad for the Qatar finals, following the 2010 world champions' embarrassing last-16 exit at the hands of Morocco on penalties, in preparation for this month's Euro 2024 qualifier against Norway and Scotland in Germany.

Among the most notable surprises were the return of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, defender Nacho, absent since 2018, and veteran striker Iago Aspas, as well as the new faces of defender David Garcia and striker Joselo.

The former youth coach from the World Cup squad named goalkeepers Robert Sanchez and David Raya, along with defenders Alejandro Balde, Aymeric Laporte and Dani Carvajal, midfielders Rodri, Gavi and Pedri and forwards Alvaro Morata and Dani Olmo and Nico Williams.