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Kepa Arrizabalaga and Álvaro Morata represent Chelsea in Spanish national team

Men in Blue defending the “Red Fury” on the international stage

Chelsea v AFC Bournemouth - Carabao Cup: Quarter Final Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

Spain are set for 2020 European Champions qualifiers against Norway and Malta in the next two weeks. Neither of those opponents are exactly powerhouses, which makes it a good opportunity for trying new things and blooding new talent in La Furia Roja.

This is one explanation for the absences of defenders César Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso from Luís Enrique’s most squad selection. In their place, he has brought in Paris Saint-German left-back Juan Bernat, who was last called up in 2015, and Sevilla centre back Sergi Gómez who could get his first cap.

But Chelsea still have some representation, even if it’s not quite as extensive as in recent seasons when the likes of Pedro and Fabregas were still factors. Goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who had gotten the nod ahead of David de Gea in the last friendly, and Álvaro Morata, currently on loan at Atlético Madrid, remain.

The full Spain national team squad is as follows:

GOALKEEPERS: Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea), David de Gea (Manchester United), Pau López (Real Betis);

DEFENDERS: José Luis Gayà (Valencia), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Juan Bernat (PSG), Mario Hermoso (Espanyol), Iñigo Martínez (Athletic Bilbao), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Sergi Gómez (Sevilla), Sergi Roberto (Barcelona);

MIDFIELDERS: Jesús Navas (Sevilla), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodri (Atlético Madrid), Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid), Fabián Ruiz (Napoli), Daniel Parejo (Valencia), Sergio Canales (Real Betis);

FORWARDS: Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Rodrigo (Valencia), Álvaro Morata (Atlético Madrid, on loan from Chelsea), Iker Muniain (Athletic Bilbao), Jaime Mata (Getafe).

Best of luck to them!

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