Fabregas, Morata & Spain's all-star XI who will miss World Cup 2018

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Julen Lopetegui has named a 23-man party packed with talent to take to Russia, but he has also left out players who would walk into most squads

Spain have such an abundance of talent that their second string team would compete to be World Cup winners. Some of the best players in the world don’t even make it into Spain’s squad.

  1. Sergio Asenjo | GK | Villarreal

    Asenjo has been one of the best keepers in La Liga this season and his omission from the Spanish squad could have gone either way with Pepe Reina getting the nod over him.

  2. Sergi Roberto | DF | Barcelona

    Sergi Roberto has been an important player for a double-winning Barcelona team and is perhaps a surprising omission from the Spain squad due to his versatile and talent. Roberto has made three appearances for Spain since making his debut in 2016.

  3. Marc Bartra | DF | Real Betis

    Marc Bartra has been impressive since joining Real Betis in January but, when Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos have been such an incredible partnership for years, it is hard to find a place in the squad.

  4. Javi Martinez | DF | Bayern Munich

    Martinez's ability to play at centre-back and in defensive midfield makes him a valuable player for Bayern Munich, but it has not been enough to secure a place in Spain's squad.

  5. Marcos Alonso | DF | Chelsea

    Marcos Alonso has transformed into one of the best attacking left-backs in the world in recent seasons, but the Chelsea defender has been overlooked in favour of Jordi Alba and Arsenal’s Nacho Monreal for Russia.

  6. Jose Callejon | MF | Napoli

    Jose Callejon was a huge part of Napoli’s success this season as they missed out on the Serie A title to Juventus. Callejon hit double figures in the league as Napoli finished on 91 points.

  7. Juan Mata | MF | Man Utd

    Juan Mata has fallen down the pecking order as an option for Spain and the 30-year-old Manchester United midfielder may not see tournament football again after being snubbed for this year’s squad.

  8. Cesc Fabregas | MF | Chelsea

    Fabregas is still one of the best creators in football but he misses out on the World Cup due to the wealth of options at Spain's disposal.

    He has two European Championship medals, a World Cup winner's medal and 110 caps for his country, but his experience has not been enough to claim a place in the squad.

  9. Asier Illaramendi | MF | Real Sociedad

    The Real Madrid flop has revitalised his career back at Real Sociedad. He has become a solid defensive midfielder, as well as a goal threat, hitting seven goals in La Liga this season.

  10. Luis Alberto | MF | Lazio

    Luis Alberto has had an impressive season, scoring nine and assisting 12 goals for Lazio in Serie A. He probably deserved a place in the squad but has unfortunately missed out.

  11. Alvaro Morata | FW | Chelsea

    Morata has endured a mixed debut season at Chelsea and his lack of form in 2018 has arguably cost him a place in the Spain squad.

    He was quick to make an impact at Chelsea following his club-record move from Real Madrid last summer, but the goals dried up and he finished with 11 goals in the Premier League this season.