The expectation before the first call of Luis de la Fuente as the new Spanish coach was maximum and the coach has not disappointed, putting his stamp on a list of 26 names with many novelties in which only 11 names remain with respect to the World Cup in Qatar.
De la Fuente faces his debut on the red bench next week, facing Norway in Malaga and Scotland in Glasgow in the first qualifying matches for the 2024 Euro Cup.
For these two commitments, the coach has drawn up a list with many new faces compared to those who had been common with his predecessor, Luis Enrique, calling attention to the presence of Iago Aspas, marginalized by the Asturian, and Joselu, goalscorer for Espanyol , who could debut with the absolute.
Xavi's Barça will be represented by three names: Balde, Pedri and Gavi; while Real Madrid will have Carvajal, Ceballos and the highly demanded in the capital Nacho as representatives.
To reveal the name of the summoned, De la Fuente has maintained the originality of Luis Enrique and has done so through a video in which he has been posting photos of those summoned in their stages in the lower categories, those in which so many years worked the selector.
If we review the list by lines, starting with the goal, here the presence of Kepa stands out, who has all the numbers to consolidate himself as the starting goalkeeper. Along with him, Robert Sánchez and David Raya guarantee continuity.
Continuing with the defensive line, in addition to the aforementioned Nacho, it is also worth noting the presence of David García, a new Osasuna central defender with the national team, and the returns of Iñigo Martínez, who has not been international since June last year, and Pedro Porro, who debuted in March 2021 and never played again.
In the center of the field, the San Sebastian flavor of the national team is striking, with the novelties of Zubimendi and Mikel Merino. While up front continuity is combined with names like Iago Aspas, who returns to the Spanish team, Joselu or Bryan Gil.
Goalkeepers: Kepa (Chelsea), Robert Sánchez (Brighton) and David Raya (Brentford).
Defenders: Gayá (Valencia), Balde (FC Barcelona), Laporte (Manchester City), Iñigo Martínez (Athletic), Nacho (Real Madrid), David García (Osasuna), Pedro Porro (Tottenham) and Carvajal (Real Madrid).
Midfielders: Rodri (Manchester City), Zubimendi (Real Sociedad), Gavi (FC Barcelona), Fabián (PSG), Merino (Real Sociedad), Ceballos (Real Madrid) and Pedri (FC Barcelona).
Forwards: Morata (Atlético), Olmo (RB Leipzig), Nico Williams (Athletic), Bryan Gil (Sevilla), Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad), Aspas (Celta de Vigo), Joselu (Espanyol) and Gerard Moreno (Villarreal).