MAJOR stars have been snubbed in Spain’s final 23-man World Cup squad according to a leaked version of the final list.
That and more in World Cup Confidential!
MAJOR SNUBS IN LEAKED SPANISH WORLD CUP SQUAD
Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata and Arsenal full back Hector Bellerin will both miss out on selection for the World Cup according to a leaked version of Spain’s final 23-man squad for the tournament.
The official announcement of the squad is scheduled for Monday afternoon (local time) but Spanish radio station Cope claim they have it ahead of time.
Should their information be correct, Morata will rue an inconsistent debut season at Stamford Bridge after joining the club from Juventus after being left out. He’ll be joined on the omissions list by Bellerin, teammate Cesc Fabregas and Bayern star Javi Martinez.
The leaked squad in full:
Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Pepe Reina.
Defenders: Dani Carvajal, Odriozola, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Ramos, Nacho, Cesar Azpilicueta, Jordi Alba, Marcos Alonso.
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Saúl, Andres Iniesta, Thiago Alcantara, Koke and Isco.
Forwards: David Silva, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vázquez, Diego Costa, Rodrigo and Iago Aspas.
U.S. COULD HAVE MADE SEMIS: KLINSMANN
Former US National team coach Jurgen Klinsmann believes his side could have made the semi finals of the World Cup, despite failing to qualify for the 2018 edition of the tournament.
“I realistically saw a group growing into the World Cup 2018 that could go into a semi-final,” Klinsmann told Yahoo Sports.
The German was sacked after a slow start to qualifying in November 2016.
LACK OF EXPECTATION CAN WORK IN ENGLAND’S FAVOUR
Former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson believes the low expectations of the current Three Lions squad will work in their favour in Russia.
Eriksson took England to three successive quarter finals, amidst expectations he thought were too high – a distraction that won’t be an issue for current boss Gareth Southgate.
“That [low expectation] will help very much,” Eriksson said during an interview with Five Live.
“During my time – and also before my time – the expectation was too high. It was like winning or nothing – and it can’t be like that.
“It’s good for this England squad not have too much expectation but I’m also sure England can do very well in this World Cup.”