The lost generation of Spain

The Spanish selection does not finish booting. Despite the great start in the League of Nations With seven points out of nine possible, the bad second round has caused Luis Enrique’s team to lose the first position to the detriment of Germany, which they must win if they want to be in the final phase. The truth is that the national team has skipped a generation of players, It has gone from the Ramos (34 years), Busquets (32) and company to the Dani Olmo (22), Fabián Ruiz (24) or Ferran Torres (20).

There are numerous players between the ages of 24-25 and 30 who were important in the junior ranks and who have fallen by the wayside for different reasons. Some of them like Montoya, Bojan, Muniain, Isco, Bartra, Illarramendi, Sarabia, Tello and Rodrigo were European under-21 champions in Denmark 2011 and Israel 2013. This generation scored one in the under-21 category, however there are very few who are counting on the expected importance in the selection.

In this group could also enter Koke Resurrection, European Under-21 champion in Israel 2013. Atlético de Madrid midfielder He has returned to the national team in this call but does not have the important role that it seemed he would have, even more so considering the great performance he is offering at his club where he has been a fundamental piece in the Cholo scheme for several seasons.

although they’re not the only ones players who were aiming high in the lower categories and now do not count for the coach. It is the case of Jonny, Campaña, Bernat, Denis Suárez, Óliver Torres, Saúl, Suso, Deulofeu, Jesé, Fornals, Williams, Samu Castillejo or Odriozola. The 13 were very promising footballers, key in the lower categories of the national team and who were called to be important in the absolute but have stayed by the wayside.

Luis Enrique takes Saúl

All of them play in a team of the four major leagues (Premier, Liga, Serie A and Ligue 1), and although some like Saúl, Williams, Fornals, Campaña, Bartra or Muniain are undisputed starters in their respective teams, do not have a gap in the selection. Luis Enrique is betting on the youngest, like Ferran or Ansu Fati thinking about the future, thus skipping several generations when doing the relay with respect to those who were in the 2018 World Cup where Spain did not have a good championship.