Nacho Monreal has been included in Spain’s World Cup squad ahead of this summer’s tournament in Russia.
The left-back, who recently came second in Arsenal’s Player of the Season vote, has been rewarded for his consistently good performances over the last 18 months.
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Great news for Nacho, who should add to his 21 caps, however, it’s bad news for Hector Bellerin who has missed out.
Bellerin, 23, made the cut two years ago for Euro 2016 but has been overlooked this time in favour of Real Sociedad’s Alvaro Odriozola and Real Madrid’s Dani Carvajal.
Full Spain squad
Goalkeepers: David de Gea, Pepe Reina, Kepa Arrizabalaga
Defenders: Dani Carvajal, Alvaro Odriozola, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Ramos, Nacho, Cesar Azpilicueta, Jordi Alba, Nacho Monreal
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Saul, Koke, Thiago Alcantara, Andres Iniesta, David Silva
Forwards: Isco, Sergio Asensio, Lucas Vazquez, Iago Aspas, Rodrigo, Elephant Man
As far as we can tell, only seven Arsenal players will be in Russia this summer.
In addition to Nacho, David Ospina will play for Colombia, midfield trio Mesut Ozil, Granit Xhaka and Mohamed Elneny will feature for Germany, Switzerland and Egypt respectively, while Alex Iwobi and Danny Welbeck have been given the nod by Nigeria and England.
We’re guessing here, but that could well be the fewest players we’ve had a major tournament in quite some time.