Barcelona forward Anso Fati is back in the Spain squad for the World Cup

Barcelona forward Anso Fati is back in the Spain squad for the World Cup

MADRID (AP) – Twenty-year-old forward Anso Fati returned to the Spain squad on Friday after a two-year absence, joining coach Luis Enrique’s youth squad for the World Cup.

Anso did not play for Spain for the fourth time as a teenager in October 2020, shortly after breaking the record for Spain’s youngest goalscorer. His impressive debut for Spain and Barcelona was cut short by leg injuries and he is yet to establish himself as a starter with his club.

“I had doubts until the last minute. We know Anso well because we trusted him before others, but he has gone through a difficult process,” Luis Enrique said. “Our mission is to help him get back to his best version. Is he close? Yes? No? We’ll see. I believe this will be a great motivation for him.

Apart from Fati, there were no other big surprises when Luis Enrique announced his 26-man squad. The former midfielder, who will be coaching his first World Cup after playing in three, will rely on a young squad in Qatar, including Barcelona midfielders Padre Gonzalez (19) and Gueye Paez (18). In June, Gueye broke Anso’s record by scoring his first goal for Spain at the age of 17 years and 304 days.

Luis Enrique guided the same Spain team to the semi-finals of last year’s European Championship. But the team has only one pure striker in Atletico Madrid forward Alvaro Morata. Luis Enrique said he will not rely on Morata alone with Ferran Torres, Dani Olmo and Anso likely to play. The coach added that Marco Asensio could act as a “false nine” if needed.

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Goalkeeping will still be left to Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Unai Simeone. Aymeric Laporte, Pau Torres and Éric García will likely defend, with Jordi Alba on the right. Sergio Busquets, who played 139 games at the age of 34, will once again serve as the captain of the team. Busquets is the only remaining member of Spain’s World Cup-winning team from 2010.

Spain’s players will travel to Jordan on Monday, where they will play a friendly match against the national team on November 17, before flying to Doha, where the team will have their base camp during the World Cup. have

Spain will play its first match in the World Cup against Costa Rica on November 23. Spain will also face Germany and Japan in Group E.

“We are going to war in Qatar,” Luis Enrique said.

When asked if he had a problem holding the event in Qatar, which has been criticized for its treatment of the LGBTQ community and its treatment of migrant workers, Luis Enrique replied “Nothing. “

He said: “(Qatar) is a country that is involved in conflicts. “You can focus on the positive to try to create a more just situation, or you can focus on the problems. I focus on football. I’m not a politician.”

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Spain:

Goalkeepers: Yonai Simeone (Athletic Bilbao), Robert Sanchez (Breton), David Raya (Brentford).

Defenders: Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Jose Guy (Valencia), Hugo Guillemón (Valencia), Eric Garcia (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid). ) )

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodri Hernandez (Manchester City), Padre Gonzalez (Barcelona), Cook Resurrecion (Atletico Madrid), Guay Pez (Barcelona), Carlos Soler (Paris Saint-Germain), Marcos Alarente (Paris Saint-Germain).

Forwards: Pablo Sarabia (Paris Saint-Germain), Nico Williams (Athletic Bilbao), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid), Yermi Pino (Villa Real), Ferran Torres (Barcelona), Dani Olmo (Leipzig). Ansu Fati (Barcelona)

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