Spain Women's Euro 2022 squad: Who is going to England?
The Spain Women's Euro 2022 squad includes the current holder of the Ballon D'Or
The Spain Women's Euro 2022 squad was announced by Jorge Vilda on 27th June. Vilda selected ten Barcelona players as part of his squad, including the current holder of the Ballon D'Or Alexia Putellas. Spain's all-time top scorer Jennifer Hermoso missed out due to injury however.
Spain Women's Euro 2022 squad: The final 23 players
GK: Lola Gallardo (Atletico Madrid)
GK: Sandra Pańos (Barcelona)
GK: María Isabel Rodríguez (Real Madrid)
DF: Laia Aleixandri (Atletico Madrid)
DF: Ivana Andrés (Real Madrid)
DF: Ona Batlle (Manchester United)
DF: Olga Carmona (Real Madrid)
DF: Sheila García (Atletico Madrid)
DF: María Pilar León (Barcelona)
DF: Leila Ouahabi (Barcelona)
DF: Irene Paredes (Barcelona)
DF: Andrea Pereira (Barcelona)
MF: Aitana Bonmatí (Barcelona)
MF: Mariona Caldentey (Barcelona)
MF: Irene Guerrero (Levante)
MF: Patri Guijarro (Barcelona)
MF: Alexia Putellas (Barcelona)
FW: Marta Cardona (Real Madrid)
FW: Athenea del Castillo (Real MAdrid)
FW: Lucía García (Atletico Madrid)
FW: Esther González (Real Madrid)
FW: Salma Paralluelo (Villareal)
FW: Clàudia Pina (Barcelona)
Spain Women's Euro 2022 squad: Team preview
Spain go into the Euros as the pre-tournament favourites, despite having only once made it to the semi-finals of an international competition, back in 1997. Much of the focus on them stems from Barcelona’s incredible success over the past couple of years, but despite having lots of Barcelona players in their squad, these are not the same teams.
That being said, it is undeniable that Spain are absolutely stacked with talent. Irene Paredes and Mapi Leon are probably the best centre-back pairing in the tournament, particularly now they play together week in week out, whilst the ability to play Barcelona’s midfield of Patri Guijarro, Aitana Bonmati, and Alexia Putellas is unlikely to hinder Spain. However, there is a sense that longterm manager Jorge Vilda does not quite know how to get the best out of his side.
Spain Women's Euro 2022 squad: Who is Spain's captain?
Paredes returned to Spain this season after her contract expired at Paris St-Germain as one of the most highly rated centre-backs in the world. She was essential in PSG’s historic league title win and played a huge part in her side running Barcelona close in last season’s semi-finals. She was made captain of Spain in October 2021 and now plays at Barcelona.
Spain Women's Euro 2022 squad: Who is Spain's best player?
The 2021 Ballon D’Or winner Alexia Putellas is finally basking in the adoration that she has long deserved for her performances. Putellas has everything you would expect from a modern number ten with her passing, shooting and dribbling ability all some of the best in the world. Her vision and ability has been central to Barcelona’s elevation to the best women’s team in the world.
Spain Women's Euro 2022 squad: Who is Spain's manager?
Jorge Vilda has managed Spain since 2015, having previously coached the youth squads which won the under 17 Euros in 2010 and 2011. There is no doubt that he has known many of the players in his squad for the entirety of their footballing careers but some still question whether he is the right person to get the best out of them. A run to the semi-finals will be the very least expected of him.
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Jessy Parker Humphreys is a freelance women's football writer. A Chelsea fan, Jessy has been following the women's game since being taken to the 2003/04 FA Cup final at Loftus Road and seeing Arsenal thrash Jessy's local side Charlton. Fortunately, Arsenal don't win quite as much as they used to – although Jessy hopes Charlton will also be back at the top of the women's game one day.
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