David De Gea reportedly excluded from Spain’s 55-man provisional squad’ for Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup
David De Gea reportedly left off Luis Enrique’s 55-man provisional squad for Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Spanish coach Luis Enrique has submitted his preliminary list of players eligible to compete in the competition, from which his final 26-man squad will be chosen.
Despite the enormous squad size, United’s David de Gea has been bypassed for three other Premier League goalkeepers.
According to AS, Enrique has chosen five alternative goalkeepers from a pool of 55 options, but De Gea is not one of them.
Unai Simón of Athletic Bilbao, Robert Sánchez of Brighton, and David Raya of Brentford are the three goalkeepers expected to head to Qatar.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga and Getafe’s David Soria have been named back-ups in case of injury or illness before the tournament.
The former’s participation in the squad may come as a surprise given that he has played half as many Premier League games as De Gea this season.
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The only other known players that have made Spain’s list are full-backs Alejandro Balde, Jordi Alba and Jose Gaya.
Some will be surprised by De Gea’s absence, given his extensive history with the national team, but his exclusion has been in the making for a number of years now.
After the game, many criticized the 31-year-old, claiming that it was his positioning that allowed Viktor Tsygankov to score the game-winning goal.
The United goalkeeper’s contract expires this summer, and it is unclear whether or not United will renew it.
The club has been linked with Bilbao’s Simon and Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa, who replaced De Gea in the national team.
It’s an odd situation given goalkeeper De Gea has started every game for United since ten Hag took over this summer.