Luis Enrique has announced the Spain National Team squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Every time while choosing a squad, the coach has to make some hard decisions. Some deserving players failed to get a place in the squad for World Cup. One such case is with Thiago Alcantara. The Liverpool midfielder failed to get a place in the 26-men squad for the 2022 World Cup. The coach had a plenty of options to choose from. Spain has a lot of talented young midfielders. In choosing the current Spain World Cup 2022 Squad, Luis Enrique has overlooked one of the best midfield players. Thiago Alcantara, who was once a mainstay in Bayern Munich, has not been included in Spain Squad for World Cup 2022. Here’s why Thiago Alcantara is not selected in Spain World Cup 2022 Squad.
Liverpool has been going through a disappointing season, but Thiago is still the most influential player in this campaign. The decision to left out experienced midfielder from their final squad has received backlash from some quarters.
Spain World Cup 2022 Squad
Goalkeepers: Unai Simon (Athletic Club), Robert Sanchez (Brighton), David Raya (Brentford)
Defenders: Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Eric Garcia (Barcelona), Hugo Guillamon (Valencia), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Jose Gaya (Valencia)
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodrigo (Manchester City), Gavi (Barcelona), Carlos Soler (Valencia), Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid), Pedri (Barcelona), Koke (Atletico Madrid)
Forwards: Ferran Torres (Barcelona), Nico Williams (Athletic Club), Yeremy Pino (Villarreal), Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Pablo Sarabia (PSG), Dani Olmo (Leipzig), Ansu Fati (Barcelona)
Why Thiago Alcantara is not selected in Spain World Cup 2022 Squad?
The reason behind Thiago Alcantara’s omission from the Spain World Cup 2022 squad is that the veteran midfielder has fallen out of favor by the coach. It was quite shocking to see that Enrique did not pick one of the best midfielders in his squad for World Cup. However, his decision was not surprising at all. The selections of Luis Enrique have always been controversial. The examples are David De Gea, Sergio Ramos, Nacho Fernandez and many more. Thiago was also not included in the Spain Squad for Nations League fixtures in the month of September. At that time, the reason behind his omission was that he had only recently returned from a hamstring problem.
It was clear at the Euro 2022 that Thiago has lost his place in Spain Starting 11 under Luis Enrique. The Liverpool’s midfielder didn’t get enough playing time in the European Championships. In that tournament, Thiago made only four appearances and they all came from the bench. He managed to get a play time of 64 minutes only in the whole competition.
Luis Enrique has preferred Barcelona teenagers Pedri and Gavi over experienced Thiago Alcanatara.
Spain midfield options at World Cup 2022
|Marcos Llorente||Atletico Madrid|