Real Madrid's Asensio included in Spain squad

2017-05-19 21:10:59 GMT2017-05-20 05:10:59(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

MADRID, May 19 (Xinhua) -- Spain coach Julen Lopetegui hasincluded Real Madrid youngster Marco Asensio in his 25-man squadfor the forthcoming international matches, which are a friendlyagainst Colombia and a potentially tricky World Cup qualifying tieaway to Macedonia.

There are few changes from Loptegui's last squad from March,although Ander Herrera, who was this week named as ManchesterUnited's best player of the season, can probably count himselfunlucky to miss out on the squad.

Lopetegui commented that he will not call on Asensio or theother Real Madrid players in the squad (Fernandez, Dani Carvajal,Isco and Alvaro Morata) for the Colombia game, given that RealMadrid play the Champions League final in Cardiff on June 3rd, butsaid he would call on players included in the Under-21 squad tocomplete his training sessions if needed.

The squad also sees him retain Athletic Club Bilbao's impressiveyoung goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga ahead of Sevilla's Sergio Rico,while Asier Illaramendi is also in line for a debut after pullingout of the last squad through injury.

Full squad:

Goalkeepers: David De Gea, Pepe Reina, Kepa.

Defenders: Dani Carvajal, Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, SergioRamos, Nacho Fernandez, Cesar Azpilicueta, Nacho Monreal, JordiAlba.

Midfield: Sergio Busquets, Asier Illarramendi, Koke, ThiagoAlcantara, Andres Iniesta, Isco, David Silva.

Forwards: Marco Asensio, Pedro Rodriguez, Vitolo, GerardDeulofeu, Diego Costa, Iago Aspas, Alvaro Morata. Enditem