A national team much changed since they made their World Cup debut in Canada, the forgettable outing in 2015 triggered an uprising in Spain that saw Ignacio Quereda removed from his coaching role after 27 years.
With the old guard having been retired or just not part of Jorge Vilda’s plans for the future, the young guns in Canada now comprise the bulk of the squad with players like Alexia Putellas, Lola Gallardo and Amanda Sampedro regular starters.
Despite the wealth of talent in the team, especially in the attack, Spain have yet to hit the heady heights in competitive tournament football. Their Cyprus and Algarve Cup wins enough to show their potential, yet when it came to the European Championships two years ago, the squad showed fragility and reticence.
World beaters at all the youth levels, there is no question Spain is on track to become a global power on the senior side but the lack of mettle to get through major tournaments will have to be rectified first – this summer’s World Cup the true litmus.
Goalkeepers: Lola Gallardo (Atlético Madrid), Sandra Paños (Barcelona), Sun Quiñones (Real Sociedad)
Defenders: Irene Paredes (Paris Saint-Germain), Marta Torrejón (Barcelona), Andrea Pereira (Barcelona), Mapi León (Barcelona), Leila Ouahabi (Barcelona), Marta Corredera (Levante), Ivana Andrés (Levante), Celia Jiménez (Seattle Reign)
Midfielders: Silvia Meseguer (Atlético Madrid), Amanda Sampedro (Atlético Madrid), Jenni Hermoso (Atlético Madrid), Vicky Losada (Barcelona), Patri Guijarro (Barcelona), Alexia Putellas (Barcelona), Aitana Bonmatí (Barcelona), Virginia Torrecilla (Montpellier HSC).
Attackers: Andrea Falcón (Atlético Madrid), Mariona Caldentey (Barcelona), Nahikari García (Real Sociedad), Lucía García (Athletic Club).
With what could be a stacked draw, Spain will be desperate to finish top of their group ahead of Germany to avoid clashing with the Group F (likely to be the USA) winners in the first knock-out. Unfortunately for La Roja, it’s hard to see them getting the better of Germany to finish as group winners, it’s similarly as unlikely to imagine Spain finding a way through the USA should they play them in the first knockout.
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