Vicente del Bosque has a tough task in selecting 23 men out of around 50 world class players, choosing a squad based on form, potential, cohesion and experience so that Spain can retain their FIFA World Cup crown. An unsuccessful Confederations Cup campaign has seen change flourish in the Spanish camp with various newbies coming into the squad, but can any of these outside contenders realistically make VDB’s final 23?
The 21 year old Atletico Madrid striker is probably the most likely youngster to be named in del Bosque’s squad with the Spanish coach keen on Koke. He’s played for the senior side 5 times having previously represented Spain from Under 16 level to Olympic level last year in London. He was part of the successful Under 21 side that won the European Championships this summer and has made the transition to the full squad with ease. VDB is a fan of Koke as his defensive contribution is great in contrast to David Silva, Juan Mata, Santi Cazorla etc and is seen as a sensible option. Koke is a regular with his club side and he helped them to 3rd place last season with three league goals. In only seven games this season, Koke has two strikes and could improve his goalscoring considerably this season with a starting role in the Champions League perfect for his development.