the list for Belarus and Germany
Vicente del Bosque has announced the list of call-ups for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Belarus (Nov. 15, 20:45h at the Nuevo Colombino in Huelva) and the friendly against Germany (Nov. 18, 20:45h at the Balaídos in Vigo).
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas, David de Gea, Kiko Casilla.
Defenders: Juanfran Torres, Gerard Piqué, Raúl Albiol, Sergio Ramos, César Azpilicueta, Jordi Alba, Marc Bartra.
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Koke Resurrección, Santi Cazorla,
Cesc Fàbregas,* Juan Bernat, Raúl García, Ignacio Camacho, José Callejón, Isco Alcarcón, Bruno Soriano*.
Forwards: Pedro Rodríguez, Paco Alcácer, Manuel “Nolito” Agudo, Álvaro Morata.
The concentración begins on Nov. 11 in Madrid.
José Callejón, Álvaro Morata, Nolito and Ignacio Camacho are the possible debutantes. Calleti and Nolito have spoken in the past about their dream of debuting with La Roja, while Morata and Camacho have played often and shone for the U-21 team in recent years.
Calleti said he found out about the call-up after his team’s training session, and he celebrated the news with his teammates, and then his parents, who are visiting him in Naples. His twin brother called him via FaceTime from Bolivia (where he plays professionally), singing and shouting. José is very happy and added that the dream of any footballer is to wear the shirt of his country. He also told “El partido de las 12” that this is the happiest moment for him after the birth of his daughter, tied with his debut for Real Madrid, and that Chori had insisted that he would be called up and he told him not to say that in case it brings bad luck.
Álvaro tweeted that he is speechless, and very happy.
Nolito said he’s very happy, and that the call-up is a lifelong dream that came true. Like Calleti, he also said it was among the best moments of his life, along with the birth of his daughter and his debut with Barcelona. He heard the news in the locker room and he and his teammates celebrated like they had won the lottery. Hopefully, he will get to play, as the first game is in Huelva, less than an hour and a half from his hometown of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, and the second game is in Vigo, where he plays for Celta.
Ignacio told his club that he was driving when the call-up was taking place, and when he started receiving a lot of messages on his phone, he knew something had happened. He said he’s very happy, and he will try and do the best he can with the national team.
With regards to the previous list, the majority of the absences are due to injury, as are the cases of Dani Carvajal, Andrés Iniesta and David Silva, although one is due to rest.
* Bruno was called up to replace Cesc, who has an “inflammatory process in the proximal insertion of the hamstrings” and is suffering from “discomfort.”
There are six 2013 European U-21 champions on the list: De Gea, Bartra, Camacho, Koke, Isco and Morata. Speaking of that category…
The U-21 team has a friendly on Nov. 12 against Belgium (20:30h at the A Malata in Ferrol). The concentración begins on Nov. 10.
Goalkeepers: Kepa Arrizabalaga, Óscar Whalley.
Defenders: Jonny Castro, David Costas, Pablo Íñiguez, Jaime Sánchez, José Luis Gayá.
Midfielders: Sergi Samper, Moises Gómez, Denis Súarez, Saúl Ñíguez, Víctor Camarasa, Álvaro Medrán, Unai López.
Forwards: Munir El Haddadi, Samuel Castillejo, Sandro Ramírez, Gerard Deulofeu.
Eight of the players have been called up for the first time to the U-21 team, although they have been regulars on the U-19 and U-17 teams. The eight are Óscar Whalley, David Costas, Jaime Sánchez, Sergi Samper, Moises Gómez, Víctor Camarasa, Álvaro Medrán and Samuel Castillejo.
Apologies for the lack of posts in recent months, but there really hasn’t been anything notable, or to celebrate!