The 2010 World Cup winners crushed the competition during qualification for Russia, amassing 36 goals and conceding just three en route to a 9-0-1 record. La Roja fans are justifiably bullish on their team’s prospects this summer and coach Julen Lopetegui will be expected to take the eighth-ranked team deep into the competition. Experience is the team’s greatest strength: Captain Sergio Ramos leads a defense that includes Gerard Pique and Dani Carvajal in front of goalkeeper David De Gea. But it is the ridiculously loaded midfield — Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, David Silva, Thiago, Marco Asensio, etc. — that makes this team thrilling to watch and difficult to beat.
Here, portraits of all 23 players on the 2018 World Cup squad.
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