Spain Euro 2024 squad review: Exciting wingers offer a different threat

The Spain Euro 2024 squad has now been finalised with Luis de la Fuente announcing his final 26 players. 

His side made a rocky start to qualifying, losing 2-0 in Scotland on matchday two, but they won all of their remaining fixtures to top Group A. The current UEFA Nations League holders should be competitive this summer, and are generally seen as the fourth or fifth-favourites behind England, France and Germany.

Spain now have players that can rely on more than just Tiki Taka passing to win silverware – Photo by Icon Sport

Spain – Key facts

Year founded: 1904

Nickname: La Roja

Current FIFA ranking: 8th

Highest FIFA ranking: 1st

Year of Euro debut: 1964

Best Euro performance: Winners (1964, 2008, 2012)

Player to watch: Lamine Yamal

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Lamine Yamal was outstanding in the recent friendly against Brazil – Photo by Icon Sport

Full Spain Euro 2024 squad

Goalkeeper

  • David Raya
  • Alex Remiro
  • Unai Simon

Defence

  • Robin Le Normand
  • Dani Vivian
  • Alex Grimaldo
  • Jesus Navas
  • Marc Cucurella
  • Dani Carvajal
  • Aymeric Laporte
  • Nacho

Midfield

  • Mikel Merino
  • Fabian Ruiz
  • Fermin Lopez
  • Alex Baena
  • Martin Zubimendi
  • Rodri
  • Pedri

Attack

  • Alvaro Morata
  • Ayoze Perez
  • Ferran Torres
  • Nico Williams
  • Lamine Yamal
  • Mikel Oyarzabal
  • Dani Olmo
  • Joselu
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Rodri will be vital to Spain's chances – Photo by Icon Sport

Surprise inclusions in Spain Euro 2024 squad

Ayoze Perez

Only a few months back, you’d have got long odds on Ayoze Perez being in the Spain Euro 2024 squad. The former Leicester man enjoyed a strong end to the season with Real Betis in La Liga though with five goals in his final seven games securing a first international call-up.

Even then, it seemed doubtful he’d make the final cut, but a strong performance and debut goal in the friendly win over Andorra in midweek has secured a surprise trip to Germany for the 30 year old.

Dani Vivian

Athletic centre back Dani Vivian has pipped the likes of Barcelona’s Pau Cubarsi and Aston Villa’s Pau Torres to make the final Spain Euro 2024 squad as an extra defender.

He’s had a solid season with the Basque club, but the expectation was that 17 year old Cubarsi would be selected ahead of him having broken into the Barcelona first eleven in the second half of the campaign.

In-form players for Spain

Baena
Alex Baena impressed for Villarreal this season with 14 assists in La Liga – Photo by Icon Sport

Alex Baena

Spain will have some intriguing options to use off the bench in Germany that until this point are not well known outside of La Liga.

One of those is Villarreal’s Alex Baena who registered more assists than any other player in the Spanish top flight this term with 14, including five in his final five games. That’s great form to take into the Euros, but it’s still hard to see how Baena breaks into the starting eleven.

Fermin Lopez

The same could be said of Fermin Lopez who made the final cut after an impressive end to the season at Barcelona. 

The 21 year old possesses a real eye for a goal from midfield with five goals in his final seven La Liga matches and is capable of injecting energy into the game off the bench should he be called upon by Luis de la Fuente.

Spain Predicted Euro 2024 XI

Spain vs Croatia

(4-2-3-1) Simon, Grimaldo, Laporte, Le Normand, Carvajal, Rodri, Ruiz, Nico Williams, Olmo, Lamine Yamal, Morata

A 4-2-3-1 system is to be expected from Spain in their opening game but there is competition for places in a number of areas so Luis de la Fuente’s eleven is far from set in stone. Among the big calls are whether to stick with his out-of-form skipper Alvaro Morata up front and whether to go with Fabian Ruiz or Mikel Merino in midfield.

Unai Simon
Unai Simon in action in the Euro 2020 semi-final against Italy – Photo by Icon Sport

Spain vs Italy

(4-3-3) Simon, Cucurella, Laporte, Le Normand, Carvajal, Rodri, Merino, Pedri, Nico Williams, Morata, Lamine Yamal

Pedri’s fitness is being managed as Spain build into this tournament after a stop-start campaign with Barcelona, but he may come into the eleven for the big showdown against Italy on matchday two. De la Fuente could also make light changes for a slightly more solid structure with Mikel Merino and Marc Cucurella potentially coming in.

Spain vs Albania

(4-2-3-1) Simon, Grimaldo, Nacho, Le Normand, Navas, Rodri, Ruiz, Dani Olmo, Pedri, Lamine Yamal, Oyarzabal

Some rotation is to be expected by the final game, particularly if Spain have already secured qualification. Mikel Oyarzabal, fresh from a hat-trick in the friendly win over Andorra, may start up top. Nacho and Jesus Navas could also come in for their first starts of the tournament in a bid to keep everyone fresh for the knockout stage.


Mark is a freelance football writer based in Madrid. He regularly attends and covers La Liga matches around Spain, whilst also following football across Europe.