Nations League: Spain name Borja Iglesias and Nico Williams in squad for games against Switzerland and Portugal

Iglesias, 29, has been in good form for Real Betis with four goals in LaLiga this season, while Athletic Bilbao's Williams, 20, has also been called up for the first time.

Agence France-Presse September 16, 2022 16:48:10 IST
Nations League: Spain name Borja Iglesias and Nico Williams in squad for games against Switzerland and Portugal

Borja Iglesias in action for Real Betis. AFP

Madrid: Luis Enrique named potential debutants Borja Iglesias and Nico Williams in his Spain squad on Friday for the Nations League games against Switzerland and Portugal next week, while leaving out Ansu Fati.

Iglesias, 29, has been in good form for Real Betis with four goals in LaLiga this season, while Athletic Bilbao’s Williams, 20, has also been called up for the first time.

His brother Inaki Williams was given one Spain cap but opted to declare for World Cup qualifiers Ghana in July.

Barcelona forward Fati was a regular for Luis Enrique previously but is still finding fitness and form after a long spell out injured with a knee problem.

Marco Asensio has barely featured for Real Madrid this season, but was included after scoring as a substitute in the 2-0 Champions League win over RB Leipzig on Wednesday.

Veteran defender Sergio Ramos was on the pre-list according to reports in Spain, after returning from after injury at Paris Saint-Germain, but was not included and so will not be able to add to his record 180 caps.

This is the last international window ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, meaning it is a final chance for fringe players like Valencia defender Hugo Guillamon and new faces like Williams and Iglesias to convince Luis Enrique to take them to the tournament.

Spain are top of League A Group 2 with two wins and two draws from four games, leading Portugal by a point.

First they host Switzerland in Zaragoza on September 24, before heading to Braga for the second game against Fernando Santos’s Portugal on September 27, with whom they shared a 1-1 draw in June.

Spain reached the previous Nations League final but lost 2-1 to France in Milan in October 2021. This edition’s final four will take place in June 2023.

Spain squad:

Goalkeepers: Unai Simon (Athletic Bilbao), Robert Sanchez (Brighton & Hove Albion/ENG), David Raya (Brentford/ENG)

Defenders: Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea/ENG), Eric Garcia, Jordi Alba (both Barcelona), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Diego Llorente (Leeds United/ENG), Hugo Guillamon (Valencia), Jose Gaya (Valencia)

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Pedri, Gavi (all Barcelona), Rodri (Manchester City/ENG), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid), Carlos Soler (Valencia)

Forwards: Ferran Torres (Barcelona), Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid), Pablo Sarabia (Paris Saint-Germain/FRA), Yeremi Pino (Villarreal), Borja Iglesias (Real Betis), Nico Williams (Athletic Bilbao), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid).

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