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Thiago and Pedri left out of Spain squad by Luis Enrique

Luis Enrique has made seven changes to Spain's squad on the back of Euro 2020, with Thiago Alcantara a high-profile omission.

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Thiago and Pedri left out of Spain squad as Real Madrid players again overlooked

Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara has been left out of Spain's squad for their triple-header of September fixtures.

Thiago made four substitute appearances for Spain in their run to the semi-finals of the European Championship finals, but the 30-year-old – who has just nine minutes of Premier League action under his belt this term – has been overlooked for selection.

Pedri is another notable absentee from Luis Enrique's 24-man squad, though that was expected as the Barcelona midfielder has been given a rest following his participation at Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics.

Dani Olmo, Mikel Oyarzabal and Pau Torres, three other members of Spain's Olympic contingent, will also be given a breather over the first international break of the season.

Fabian Ruiz and Diego Llorente, of Napoli and Leeds United respectively, are the others to have dropped out of Spain's squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Sweden, Georgia and Kosovo over the next fortnight.

No Real Madrid players

Like at Euro 2020, Luis Enrique has decided against calling up any Real Madrid players, meaning no place in the squad for Dani Carvajal, Marco Asensio and Nacho Fernández.

Abel Ruiz, Brais Mendez, Pablo Fornals, Mikel Merino and Carlos Soler have all been called up, while Iñigo Martínez and Raúl Albiol are also included.

La Roja have won two and drawn one of their first three qualifiers and lead the way at the top of Group B ahead of their upcoming trio of matches.

Spain squad in full:

David de Gea, Robert Sánchez; Unai Simón; Aymeric Laporte, Cesar Azpilicueta, Eric Garcia, Iñigo Martínez, Jordi Alba, Jose Gayá, Raúl Albiol; Brais Mendez, Carlos Soler, Koke, Marcos Llorente, Mikel Merino, Pablo Sarabia, Rodri, Sergio Busquets; Abel Ruiz, Adama Traoré, Álvaro Morata, Ferran Torres, Gerard Moreno, Pablo Fornals