Sergi Roberto snubbed by Julen Lopetegui from World Cup squad

The Barcelona player will not travel to Russia despite having a great season

Lopetegui anuncia la lista oficial de la selección española para el Mundial de Rusia | @casadelfutbol

It was already an open secret, but Julen Lopetegui confirmed it on Monday. Sergi Roberto is out of the Spain squad for Russia. Instead Alvaro Odriozola will go to the World Cup as Dani Carvajal's back-up.

Sergi Capdevila


Roberto had a fine season with Barcelona but Spain have so many midfield options he was battling it out for a spot among the defenders. Roberto played 48 games this season, 30 in La Liga, 8 in the UCL, 8 in the Copa del Rey and 2 in the Spanish Super Cup, a fixture in Ernesto Valverde's team. Instead he has headed off on his stag do. 

Here is the Spain squad:

Goalkeepers: David de Gea (Manchester United), Pepe Reina (Napoli), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao).

Defenders: Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Alvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad), Nacho Fernandez (Real Madrid), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Isco (Real Madrid), Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), David Silva (Manchester City), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid), Koke (Atletico Madrid).

Forwards: Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid), Rodrigo Moreno (Valencia), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid).


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