Spain and Spanish teams have gone on to post some unique record in recent times. Barcelona have won the UEFA Champions League m0re times than any other team in the past decade. Real Madrid have recently completed a record 11th trophy in Europe’s premier club competition. Sevilla went one better; they are now proud owners of three back-to-back Europa League titles. In addition to the glittering aforementioned trophies, Spain also have two consecutive European Championships. Euro 2016: Complete Fixtures and Time Table Also Read - Lionel Messi Will Always Have Role in my Team: Sergio Ramos
Chasing a third, the side have slipped from their lofty standards in recent years. Slowly though, there is a bit of a transition to the next phase of Spain, with a few young talents coming through. In the midst of all this, there is Mikel San Jose finally gets his chance at the big stage after waiting in the wings for a long time. More than the people who made it, it is the ones who didn’t that are much talked about here. Strangely, the ‘Rejected’ XI of Spain is good enough to beat any side in the world. That is the strength in depth of the Spanish unit, who have an endless line of talent coming through with each passing year. Also Read - Pedri One of Best Talents Presently And Future of European Football: I-League Winner Coach Kibu Vicuna
The role of a goalkeeper is important and it will be criminal if Vicente del Bosque picks Iker Casillas ahead of David de Gea. The Manchester United goalie has risen to the top spot in the goalkeeping charts. Lucas Vazquez’s selection also raised a few eyebrows; the Real Madrid forward has not played a single game for Spain. Last time round, De Bosque played with a striker-less formation. It won’t be a surprise if he pulls of something like that again. Also Read - List of Free Agents on July 1: Lionel Messi, Sergio Ramos And Other Top Footballers Without a Club After Expiry of Contract
Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Porto), David de Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla).
Defenders: Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Hector Bellerin (Arsenal), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid).
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Mikel San Jose (Athletic Bilbao), Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Bruno Soriano (Villarreal), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid).
Forwards: Pedro (Chelsea), David Silva (Manchester City), Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Bilbao), Nolito (Celta Vigo), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid).