Forward Ansu Fati back in Spain squad for WlCup

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Forward Ansu Fati back in Spain squad for World Cup

Spains national soccer team coach Luis Enrique speaks during a press conference after announcing the squad for the Qatar 2022 World Cup at the Spanish soccer federation headquarters in Las Rozas, just outside of Madrid, Spain, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul White)

Spains national soccer team coach Luis Enrique speaks during a press conference after announcing the squad for the Qatar 2022 World Cup at the Spanish soccer federation headquarters in Las Rozas, just outside of Madrid, Spain, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul White)

MADRID (AP) Twenty-year-old forward Ansu Fati returned to Spains squad on Friday following a two-year absence, joining coach Luis Enriques young team for the World Cup.

Ansu has not played for Spain since making his fourth appearance as a teenager in October 2020 shortly after breaking the record for Spains youngest scorer.His spectacular startfor Spain and Barcelona was cut short by leg injuries and he has yet to establish himself as a starter with his club.

I had doubts until the last minute. We know Ansu well because we believed in him before others, but he has been through a difficult process, Luis Enrique said. Our mission is to help him get back to his best version. Is he close? Yes? No? We will see. I believe this will be a huge motivation for him.

Besides Fati, there were no other major surprises when Luis Enrique announced his 26-man squad. The former midfielder, who will coach his first World Cup after playing in three, will rely on a young bunch in Qatar, including Barcelona midfielders Pedri Gonzlez (19) and Gavi Paz (18). In June, Gavi broke Ansus record by scoring his first goal for Spain at 17 years, 304 days old.

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Luis Enrique guided a similar Spain squad to the semifinals of last years European Championship. But this team only has one pure striker in Atltico Madrid forward lvaro Morata. Luis Enrique said he wont solely depend on Morata with Ferran Torres, Dani Olmo and Ansu likely to play. The coach added that Marco Asensio can act as a false nine if needed.

Wingers Yremy Pino and Nico Williams, both 20, can also provide speed on the flanks, but most likely will be used as second-half substitutes.

Protecting the goal will still be left to Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Unai Simn. Aymeric Laporte, Pau Torres and ric Garca will likely anchor the defense, with Jordi Alba at left back. Sergio Busquets, with 139 appearances at age 34, will again act as team captain from the midfield.

Busquets is the sole remaining member of Spains World Cup-winning team from 2010. Twenty players on the current squad have no World Cup experience.

Spains players will travel on Monday to Jordan, where they will play a friendly against that countrys national team on Nov. 17. They will then fly to Doha, where the team will have its base camp during the World Cup.

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Spain will play its opening match at the World Cup against Costa Rica on Nov. 23. Spain will also face Germany and Japan in Group E.

We are going to war in Qatar, Luis Enrique said.

When asked if he had a problem with holding the event in Qatar, which has been criticized for its attitudes towards the LGBTQ community and the treatment of migrant worker, Luis Enrique replied none at all.

(Qatar) is a country that is involved in situations of conflict, he said. You can either focus on the positive to try to create a more just situation, or you can focus on the problems. I focus on soccer. I am not a politician.

Goalkeepers: Unai Simn (Athletic Bilbao), Robert Snchez (Brighton), David Raya (Brentford).

Defenders: Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Jos Gay (Valencia), Hugo Guillamn (Valencia), Eric Garca (Barcelona), Csar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodri Hernndez (Manchester City), Pedri Gonzlez (Barcelona), Koke Resurreccin (Atltico Madrid), Gavi Pez (Barcelona), Carlos Soler (Paris Saint-Germain), Marcos Llorente (Atltico Madrid)

Forwards: Pablo Sarabia (Paris Saint-Germain), Nico Williams (Athletic Bilbao), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), lvaro Morata (Atltico Madrid), Yremy Pino (Villarreal), Ferran Torres (Barcelona), Dani Olmo (Leipzig), Ansu Fati (Barcelona)