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Official: Real Madrid duo called up to Spain squad for upcoming Euro qualifiers



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With the final international break of the 2023 calendar year set to arrive next week, Spain manager Luis de la Fuente has released the squad list for their upcoming games.

La Roja are scheduled to take on Cyprus and Georgia in their final set of UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying fixtures.

And, two players from Real Madrid have made it to the squad for the upcoming fixtures which will be played next week.

Indeed, Dani Carvajal and Joselu have been named on the squad list by manager De la Fuente.

Fran Garcia, who was part of the Spain squad during last month’s international break, does not make the cut this time out.

Kepa Arrizabalaga has been a regular for La Roja but misses out due to the injury he sustained this past Wednesday which will keep him out for two to three weeks.

Dani Ceballos was also not in contention due to an injury.

Spain have already secured qualification for the tournament next summer, along with Scotland from Group A, but the upcoming matches will be crucial for them to finish at the top of the standings.

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Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5



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Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.

They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.

With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.

Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.

With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.

Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.

Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo

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