De la Fuente after his list of Spain: “If Sergio Ramos is not here, it will be that I trust these 26 players more”
The Spanish national soccer coach, Luis de la Fuente, has offered this Friday his first list in his new position, a very renewed call, with new names such as Martín Zubimendi (Real Sociedad), David García (Osasuna) or Joselu Mato (Espanyol), and many returns such as those of Iago Aspas (Celta), Nacho Fernández (Real Madrid) or Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea).
The coach from La Rioja has shown his first cards and along with these names he has also called footballers such as Íñigo Martínez (Athletic Club), Pedro Porro (Tottenham), Fabián Ruiz (PSG), Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad), Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid ) ) or Bryan Gil (Sevilla).
In fact, the new national coach has only kept goalkeepers Robert Sánchez (Brighton) and David Raya (Brentford), defenders Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Alejandro Balde (FC Barcelona), Dani Carvajal ( Real Madrid), the midfielders Rodri Hernández (City) and Pedri and Gavi (FC Barcelona), and the forwards Álvaro Morata (Atlético), Dani Olmo (Leipzig) and Nico Williams (Athletic Club).
Absence of Sergio Ramos
De la Fuente also assured that if Sergio Ramos was not on his first list it was because he trusts “more” in those he has chosen and made it clear that he does not have “the habit of airing private conversations” like the one he had with Camas , who has been “who says goodbye” to the national team.
“We are not going to talk about players who are not here, but I am going to answer to settle the matter. I convey all my admiration and appreciation to Sergio for someone so important in our history, but it was a private conversation and I have the good habit of not airing them”, De la Fuente said at a press conference in relation to the statement published by the player from PSG saying that De la Fuente was not going to count on him even if he had a great level.
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The man from La Rioja, who could not avoid the continuous questions about the Andalusian’s statement resigning from La Roja, recalled that there is “a new coach, with a new project and new ideas and who is committed to a group that is what it is”. “I want to transmit security and confidence from the first moment,” he stressed.
In addition, he guarantees that with the one from Camas “it was not a call, it was a video call.” “We told each other what he used to say, with our points of view. Regarding her letter, I have nothing to say, everyone has seen it, ”he tried to settle. “I talked to him about what I had to talk about, but Norway is the only thing that worries me,” she said.
“If he is not on this list, it will be that I trust these 26 players more,” stressed De la Fuente, who detected that he “never” has spoken about the “age” to be summoned and that he was the “most responsible” for this decision. “The one who says goodbye to the national team is Sergio Ramos. I think Spain is more interested in meeting these 26 exceptional players, let’s try to focus on them”, he stated.
Spain will face Norway at the La Rosaleda Stadium next Saturday, March 25, and then they will visit Scotland on Tuesday the 28th, two official duels for which their concentration will begin on Monday the 20th at the federation headquarters.
LIST OF CALLS
GOALKEEPERS: Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea), Robert Sánchez (Brighton) and David Raya (Brentford).
DEFENSES: José Luis Gayà (Valencia), Alejandro Balde (FC Barcelona), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Íñigo Martínez (Athletic Club), Nacho Fernández and Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), David García (Osasuna) and Pedro Porro (Tottenham).
MIDFIELDERS: Rodri Hernández (Manchester City), Martín Zubimendi and Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad), Pedri and Gavi (FC Barcelona), Fabián Ruiz (PSG) and Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid).
FRONTS: Álvaro Morata (Atlético de Madrid), Dani Olmo (Leipzig), Nico Williams (Athletic Club), Bryan Gil (Sevilla), Mikel Oyazarbal (Real Sociedad), Iago Aspas (Celta), Joselu (RCD Espanyol) and Gerard Moreno (Villarreal) ) ).