Thiago, Sergio Ramos and David De Gea are just three high-profile players that have been left out of Spain’s World Cup squad.
Boss Luis Enrique has opted to select a youthful side for Qatar, with Barcelona starlets Ansu Fati, Pedri and Gavi all included.
But he has overlooked a number of Premier League stars, despite their fine form this season.
After missing the start of the campaign with a hamstring injury, Thiago has slotted seamlessly back into the Liverpool team.
But his impressive performances have failed to convince Enrique, with the midfielder missing out on a major tournament for the first time since the 2014 World Cup.
Manchester United goalkeeper De Gea has been one of the Red Devils’ standout performers this term, but he won’t be adding to his 45 caps in Qatar.
Fellow shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who has ousted Edouard Mendy to become Chelsea’s No1 again, has also been omitted, though he is suffering with a foot injury.
Instead, Premier League duo David Raya [Brentford] and Robert Sanchez [Brighton] have been preferred over the pair along with Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Simon.
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A host of other familiar faces have also failed to be called up, with Leeds defender Diego Llorente missing out.
Despite being Spain’s most-capped player with 180 appearances, there is no place in the squad for Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Ramos.
The 36-year-old has been in great form for PSG – featuring in 19 matches in all competitions – but his age appears to have gone against him.
Villarreal marksman Gerard Moreno is another that has been overlooked, along with fellow strikers Borja Iglesias and Brais Mendez.
Real Betis ace Iglesias has fired in eight goals this campaign, with Real Sociedad’s Mendez also firing in eight times so far.
Sergio Busquets, 34, will captain Spain at the World Cup, where he is one of seven Barcelona players in Enrique’s squad.
Fati, Gavi and Pedri, ex-Manchester City duo Eric Garcia and Ferran Torres have been named alongside Jordi Alba.
Five Premier League players have been named in the 26-man squad, with Citizens pair Aymeric Laporte and Rodri as well as Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta joining Raya and Sanchez.
Former Blues striker Alvaro Morata is expected to lead the line for the 2010 champions, despite him being outscored by both Iglesias and Mendez.
Spain’s 2022 World Cup squad
- Goalkeepers: Unai Simon (Athletic Bilbao), Robert Sanchez (Brighton & Hove Albion), David Raya (Brentford)
- Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Eric Garcia (Barcelona), Hugo Guillamon (Valencia), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Jose Gaya (Valencia)
- Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodri (Manchester City), Gavi (Barcelona), Carlos Soler (Paris Saint-Germain), Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid), Pedri (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid)
- Forwards: Ferran Torres (Barcelona), Nico Williams (Athletic Bilbao), Yeremi Pino (Villarreal), Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Pablo Sarabia (Paris Saint-Germain), Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig), Ansu Fati (Barcelona
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