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Oyarzabal and Ferran are emerging as new additions to De la Fuente instead of Dani Olmo and Asensio

Luis de la Fuente will offer this Friday at half past eleven in the Las Rozas Football City the list of those called up for the Spanish men’s football team for the momentous qualification matches of the German Euro 2024 against Scotland, in Seville, and with Norway, in Oslo. Scotland leads the group with 15 points after five games, Spain is second with 9 (and one game less), and Norway has 7 in those five games.

Prelist of 49 without Sergio Ramos

In the pre-list of 49 players that the Rioja native has drawn up Names appear that have not yet debuted with Spain such as Grimaldo, Marc Roca, Isi Palazón, Álvaro Rodríguez, Barrenetxea or the Barça player Oriol Romeu. Footballers who are followed by the national team’s technical staff, but it would be a surprise if they made the list.

Sergio Ramos, who has returned to Sevilla, does not appear, where he has already won a starting position in the back line. At 37 years old, the one from Camas left the door open to return to the national team, but De la Fuente, for now, continues to bet on center backs like Laporte, Le Normand or David García.

Everything indicates that There will not be many changes with respect to the list for the matches against Georgia and Cyprus, in which the highlight was the debut of the young Barcelona forward Lamine Yamal, who became the youngest footballer to debut and score for the national team. Furthermore, Dani Olmo and Marco Asensio left injured in the first half against Georgia and were replaced by Ferran and Yeremi Pino against the Cypriots. Along with Lamine, Braga forward Abel Ruiz and Villarreal player Álex Baena also appeared in the call.

Three goalkeepers from Lezama?

Unai Simón and Kepa Arrizabalaga will be the goalkeepers, with the question of knowing if he continues calling David Raya as a third despite being a substitute at Arsenal. Álex Remiro could replace him, which would make up a trio of goalkeepers trained in Lezama, even though the last one is the current goalkeeper of Real Sociedad. For the defense, it is assumed that they will repeat a list in which the names of Carvajal, Le Normand, David García, Pau Torres, Laporte, Balde or Gayà will appear. The question is whether the athletic Azpilicueta will repeat, who is already entering Simeone’s plans, or will he recover Jesús Navas, who already played in Eindhoven against PSV.

In the midfield, Rodri, Gavi, Mikel Merino and Zubimendi are permanent players, leaving two positions in the air that Baena and Fabián Ruiz occupied in the previous call. And in attack the call of Álvaro Morata, Joselu, Nico Williams and Yamal is taken for granted, leaving the choice of the third forward up in the air, which Abel Ruiz occupied against Georgia and Cyprus. Besides, Dani Olmo and Marco Asensio continue to recover from the injuries they suffered against Georgia. The first injured his knee in the play of the third goal in Tbilisi and has not played with Leipzig again, missing this week the match against Manchester City in which Pep Guardiola’s team won comfortably (1-3) in Germany .

Asensio, for his part, suffered a blow to his foot, which caused him to be substituted before the end of the first half against Georgia. The Spaniard has not been with his team this Champions League matchday either, in the tough defeat they suffered against Newcastle (4-1) in England.

Alternatives in attack

Everything indicates that De la Fuente will use footballers he trusts who have been playing with him and among the names being considered are those of Ferran, who scored the goal of the Barça victory in Portoor that of Mikel Oyarzabal, now completely recovered from his injury and author of the first txuri-urdin goal in Salzburg in Champions. Yéremi Pino could be the player who would complete the attack for these two decisive matches in Seville against Scotland, who won the first leg (2-0) in the only defeat of the De la Fuente era, and against the Norway of Haaland, Odegaard and Hojlund in Oslo. And the last name that has been heard is that of Ansu Fati, although the current Brighton forward has not finished earning the starting position under the command of Roberto de Zerbi.


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