The return of Bryan Gil (Eibar) and the call of players such as midfielder Oihan Sancet (Athletic) and forward Fer Niño (Villarreal) These are some of the novelties on the list of Luis de la Fuente, the U21 coach, for the knockout phase of Euro 2021.
The winger from Cádiz returns to the ‘Rojita’ after not having been in the group stage in March for having made the leap to the Absolute and now De la Fuente recovers him for the final assault on the defense of the continental throne. Along with Gil, other novelties are Oihen Sancet, who already debuted with the U-21 in October 2019, and which is the main novelty in a midfield that is the line that has fewer retouches compared to two months ago and the what Riqui Puig (FC Barcelona) falls.
Above, the Riojan coach surprised a bit with the non-inclusion of Dani Gómez, Levante forward, and key to qualifying for the quarterfinals with his double against the Czech Republic. His position is for Fer Niño, from Villarreal, and who together with Yeremi Pino will join the U21 when they play the final of the Europa League on Wednesday 26 May against Manchester United in Gdansk (Poland).
Finally, in the defensive line there are also two novelties such as those of Óscar Gil, Espanyol’s right back, and Jorge Francés, Zaragoza central, who occupy the holes of Alejandro Pozo (Eibar) and ‘Pipa’ (Huddersfield). Iñaki Peña (FC Barcelona) completes the goal with Álvaro Fernández (Huesca) and Josep Martínez (Leipzig).
The internationals will gather on Tuesday 25 at the Ciudad de Fútbol de las Rozas, where they will carry out a training session, and on Wednesday 26 they will travel to Slovenian lands to remain concentrated until the end of their participation in the European Championship.
Spain, current champion, will be measured in the quarter-final match against Croatia, on Monday, May 31, at the Maribor stadium. The Spanish team already knows this stadium, since the first two games of the group stage against Slovenia and Italy were played, last March, in this same town. In the case of passing this first crossing, Luis de la Fuente’s team would play on June 3 in the Hungarian town of Székesfehérvár against the winner of the Netherlands-France, with the final scheduled for June 6 in Ljubljana.
List of called
Goalkeepers: Álvaro Fernández (Huesca), Josep Martínez (Leipzig) and Iñaki Peña (FC Barcelona).
Defenses: Óscar Gil (Espanyol), Alejandro Francés (Zaragoza), Adriá Pedrosa (Espanyol), Juan Miranda (Betis), Jorge Cuenca (Almería), Hugo Guillamón (Valencia) and Óscar Mingueza (FC Barcelona).
Midfielders: Marc Cucurella (Getafe), Oihen Sancet (Athletic), Martín Zubimendi (Real Sociedad), Jon Moncayola (Osasuna), Gonzalo Villar (Roma), Fran Beltrán (Celta) and Manu García (Sporting).
Forwards: Bryan Gil (Eibar), Brahim Díaz (Milan), Javi Puado (Espanyol), Yeremi Pino and Fer Niño (Villarreal) and Abel Ruiz (Sporting de Braga).