Qatar 2022: another Spanish veteran misses out as Fati returns after two years
Paris Saint-Germain defender Sergio Ramos has missed out on the World Cup after being left out by Spain coach Luis Enrique, while Barcelona forward Ansu Fati has been included in the 26-man squad for Qatar.
The 36-year old who is Spain's record appearance holder, made his last appearance for La Roja in March 2021 but was back in contention after excelling for PSG this season, playing 12 times in Ligue 1 and starting all six of their Champions League games.
Fati, 20, hasn't played for his country since October 2020, when he suffered a serious knee injury which ruled him out for 10 months, followed by persistent hamstring and thigh muscle problems which kept him from reaching full fitness.
"I won't assess the players who aren't on the list," Luis Enrique said in a news conference on Friday, when asked about Ramos.
"I recognise and thank all of those players who have contributed during my time here and played games with the national team, but from there, the important ones now are the 26 who are here."
On Fati, Luis Enrique added: "Ansu is in a process of getting back to being the player he was before his injury.
"He's now totally recovered, he's played a lot of games for his club. We can discuss when he'll be back at his previous level, we all want that."
Along with Ramos, there was no place for Real Betis forward Borja Iglesias, Villarreal striker Gerard Moreno in Spain's squad and Liverpool's Thiago Alcantara.
Spain squad in full:
Goalkeepers: Unai Simon (Athletic Club), Robert Sanchez (Brighton & Hove Albion), David Raya (Brentford).
Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Eric Garcia (Barcelona), Hugo Guillamon (Valencia), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Jose Gaya (Valencia).
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodri (Manchester City), Gavi (FC Barcelona), Carlos Soler (PSG), Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid), Pedri (Barcelona), Koke Resurreccion (Atletico Madrid).
Forwards: Ferran Torres (Barcelona), Nico Williams (Athletic Club), Yeremi Pino (Villarreal), Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Pablo Sarabia (PSG), Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig), Ansu Fati (Barcelona).