De Gea is out of the Spanish squad and summons goalkeeper Raya for the first time

MADRID: Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has been excluded from Spain’s squad for friendlies against Albania and Iceland this month, while Brentford goalkeeper David Raya has joined for the first time. De Gea last played for the national team in October 2020, but was on Spain’s squad in World Cup qualifiers against Greece and Sweden last November. Raya, who has kept a clean sheet five times in this season, she missed much of the season due to a knee injury but returned to play for Brentford last month. “Reya has been playing great for a long time and I can’t wait to see him in national team, “said Spain coach Luis Enrique. He’s good in leads, manages his feet well and his level is high. “Spain, winners of the 2010 World Cup, have passed their group in the qualifiers and secured the qualification for the finals of Qatar 2022. Albania and Iceland will host on 26 and March 29. The squad was as follows: Goalkeepers: Unai Simon (Athletic Bilbao), David Raya (Brentford), Robert Sanchez (Brighton). Defenders: Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Marcos Alonso (Chelsea), Pau Torres (Villarreal) , Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Eric Garcia (Barcelona), Diego Llorente (Leeds), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid).) Midfielders: Pedri (Barcelona), Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid), Rodri (Manchester City), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Gabi (Barcelona), Carlos Soler (Valencia). Forwards: Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig), Pablo Sarabia (Sporting Lisbon), Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Raul de Tomas (Espanyol) , Ferran Torres (Barcelona), Yeremi Pino (Villarreal). (Reuters)