the list for France and Macedonia
Spain’s first games since the World Cup disaster are coming up. They are a friendly against France in Paris on Sept. 4 (21h), followed by the first qualifier for the 2016 Euro, which will be against Macedonia on Sept. 8 in Valencia (20:45h). This list of players called up was announced today.
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, David de Gea, Kiko Casilla.
Defenders: Juanfran Torres, Dani Carvajal, Mikel San José, Sergio Ramos, Marc Bartra, Jordi Alba, César Azpilicueta, Raúl Albiol.
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Ander Iturraspe, David Silva, Koke Resurrección, Cesc Fàbregas,
Andrés Iniesta,* Isco Alarcón, Santi Cazorla.
Forwards: Pedro Rodríguez, Diego Costa, Paco Alcácer, Raúl García.
This is the first call-up to the senior team for five players, although all of them have played for Spain on various youth teams: Dani Carvajal, Mikel San José, Paco Alcácer, Raúl García and Kiko Casilla.
In comparison to the World Cup list, there are eight changes: Pepe Reina, Gerard Piqué, Javi Martínez, Xabi, Xavi, Juan Mata, David Villa and Fernando Torres.
According to Vicente del Bosque, this is a list of the present that looks towards the future. He also said Ander Herrera and Rodrigo Moreno were considered, but both are injured at the moment.
*Andrés is out due to pain in his left knee. VDB has decided not to call anyone up to cover his absence.
Gracias Xavi, Xabi.
Earlier this month, Xavi had announced his retirement from the national team after 14 years, 13 goals and 133 caps. He said during a press conference that he believes his time with the team has ended, that it was a fantastic experience and he was proud to have played for La Roja.
On Wednesday, Xabi Alonso announced his retirement from the national team after 11 years, 16 goals and 114 games. He said that after a lot of thinking, he reached the decision to retire, and that he only had good moments with the national team. He ended his statement by thanking his coaches, teammates, RFEF employees and fans.
It’s definitely the end of an era.
Meanwhile, Albert Celades announced his first list as coach of the U-21 team. La Rojita has two games, both qualifiers for the 2015 U-21 Eurocopa in the Czech Republic. The games are on Sept. 4 against Hungary in Felcsút (16h), and on Sept. 9 against Austria in Puertollano (Ciudad Real) (19h). The draw for the playoffs of the qualifying phase will take place on Sept. 12. Spain currently leads Group 4 with 18 points, and can finish no lower than second.
Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Rubén Blanco, Fernando Pacheco.
Defenders: Juan Bernat, Jonny Castro, Sergi Gómez,
Alberto Moreno,* Javier Manquillo, Marc Muniesa, Jordi Amat, Pablo Insua,* José Luis Gayá,* Unai López.*
Midfielders: Saúl Ñíguez, Pablo Sarabia, Óliver Torres, Rubén Pardo, Denis Suárez, Gerard Deulofeu, Sergi Roberto.
Forwards: Iker Muniain, Ayoze Pérez, Munir El Haddadi.
This is the first call-up to the U-21 team for Rubén Blanco, Munir, Jonny and Ayoze.
*Alberto is out due to a right ankle injury, and has been replaced by José Luis Gayá. Pablo is out due to ankle problems, and Unai López has been called up in his place.
I’ll be on vacation during this coming international week, so I won’t get a chance to watch the games live. Let me know how this “mini-revolution/experiment” goes, La Roja fans!