After the game on Sunday against Leganés, it will be time for the national teams. Real Madrid will play again on the 19th of November against Atlético Madrid in a crucial derby for La Liga race title. Before, it’s time for the players to leave and defend their national teams.
On Friday morning, the Spanish national coach, Julen Lopetegui, made public the list. Spain will face Macedonia on Saturday the 12th of November, in a qualifying game for the Russian World Cup, and England at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday the 15th of November, in a friendly game.
Sergio Ramos couldn’t be included in the list after his knee injury one month ago defending the Spanish colours. However, there will be five Real Madrid players in the list, so it’s the team adding more footballers to the Spanish team. Nacho, Daniel Carvajal, Lucas Vázquez, Isco and Álvaro Morata will have their opportunity with Spain.
Apart from Spain, some other players will have to travel as well with their national teams. The most controversial one is Luka Modric. The Croatian has been out of the last games due to an injury and perhaps he’s back in the list to face Leganés but it’s very unlikely that he’s able to play. However, the Croatian national coach is thinking in calling him. A similar situation that happened in the last national games with James Rodríguez and Colombia.
We know for sure that Karim Benzema can have some rest. Didier Deschamps decided to not call again the Real Madrid striker after the incident with his colleague Valbuena. The French attacker will have time to train and improve after the poor performance he’s having so far this season.
The full Spanish list is the following:
Goalkeepers: David de Gea (Manchester United), Pepe Reina (Napoli) Asenjo (Villarreal).
Defenders: Nacho (Real Madrid), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Sergi Roberto (Barcelona), Iñigo Martínez (Real Sociedad), Bartra (Borussia), Monreal (Arsenal), Azpilicueta (Chelsea) Escudero (Sevilla)
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), David Silva (Manchester City), Thiago Alcántara (Bayern), Koke (Atlético), Isco (Real Madrid), Ander Herrera (United) Mata (United).
Strikers: Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid), Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid), Nolito (Manchester City), Callejón (Nápoles), Diego Costa (Chelsea), Aduriz (Athletic) and Vitolo (Sevilla)