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5 players who might not make Spain’s World Cup squad

As the tournament gets closer, we take a look at the players who might not make Spain's World Cup squad.

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Top 5 / Top 10 22 Mar 2018, 11:00 IST
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Can they repeat the magic of 2010?
Can they repeat the magic of 2010?

2010 Champions Spain go into the World Cup in Russia as one of the clear title favourites. They are still unbeaten since Julen Lopetegui took over the reigns, after the disappointing Euro 2016. 

They have a really good mix of new players and the old guards. The manager has a tough job on his hands to select a squad of 23 for the World Cup. 

Though he is almost certain of his midfield and defence, uncertainties remain in the attack. He has called up more than 10 strikers since his arrival. 

Spain plays Germany and Argentina in the World Cup friendlies this week and the manager has made some surprise inclusions in the squad. He left Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata out of the squad and brought in Diego Costa. 

With a few weeks remaining, expect quite a few surprises when Lopetegui announces his final squad of 23. 

#5 Sergi Roberto

Sergi Roberto deserves a place in the squad but might not get one
Sergi Roberto deserves a place in the squad but might not get one

The Barcelona star is playing some excellent football at the moment but having no luck with the national team. He has been a mainstay in the Barcelona team this season and produced some scintillating performances as a right-back. 

With Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta, Real Sociedad's Alvaro Odriolzola and Real Madrid’s Dani Carvajal among others in fine form for their respective clubs, Roberto has a small chance of breaking into the national team as the positions he excels in are currently occupied by very good players.

Also, manager Julen Lopetegui is not a big fan of the Barcelona right-back. Despite his good form for Barcelona and ability to occupy various positions in defence and midfield, the manager does not see him an ideal candidate for the national team.

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