After winning the 2010 World Cup, Spain looked near unstoppable. However, they have failed to reach such heights since, with their 2018 World Cup campaign ending in an embarrassing loss to Russia.
However, the Spanish are looking to mount a resurgence in 2022. They now have a team full of young prospects and grizzled veterans, capable of competing at the very highest level of the sport.
Spain’s 2022 World Cup XI
For the sake of this article, we will presume that Spain will play a 4-3-3 formation, although it is entirely possible that manager Luis Enrique will mix it up.
Even with Manchester United’s David de Gea struggling for form as of late, he will still surely take the #1 position. Unai Simon will give him good competition, but de Gea on his day is world class.
We expect Spanish veterans Jordi Alba and Cesar Azpilicueta to take on the starting full-back roles, with Jose Gaya and Dani Carvajal in reserve.
Pau Torres, Aymeric Laporte, and Inigo Martinez will all be competing for the center-back roles.
Starting in the CDM role will surely be Sergio Busquets, who has been plying his trade at the very top of the sport for the past decade. Man City’s Rodri will be looking to shift the wily veteran off his starting perch though.
One of the two CM roles will go to Atletico’s Koke, with the remaining position to be contested by Pablo Fornals, Dani Olmo, and Gavi.
With both Ferran Torres and Ansu Fati likely to miss the World Cup due to injury, Pablo Sarabia of Sporting CP and Rodrigo Moreno of Leeds could be the starting wingers. Brahim Diaz and Raul de Tomas could also feature. Juventus’ Alvaro Morata is the clear starter for the man at the top.