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Doubts still surround Spain women’s squad as Nations League games loom

Montse Tomé will be officially presented as the replacement for Jorge Vilda on Friday evening at the RFEF (Spanish FA) headquarters.

Montse Tomé.

Montse Tomé will be unveiled on Friday evening as the new Spanish women’s team head coach. The first task facing the 41-year-old is making public the squad list for Spain’s forthcoming Nations League matches against Sweden and Switzerland (September 22 and 26 in Gotheborg and Córdoba, respectively). As things stand, the position of many players who refused to play for ‘La Roja’ until sweeping changes were made at the Federation is still not clear

A video conference was held by RFEF officials, Tomé and many of the players on Thursday night and despite being cited as a positive session, no definitive conclusion was revealed or made official by either side with the session reported to have lasted in excess of three hours..

Some feel that by removing Rubiales and Vilda, positive steps have been taken with others feeling that simply by nominating Tomé as head coach is papering over the cracks with reforms and change within the structure of the federation need to be wider and deeper and this seems to be the position held by the likes of Mapi León, Patri Guijarro and Claudia Pina.

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What is certain is that Montse Tomé will not leave the RFEF and that she will make her debut as a coach. Friday will see the new coach present her first squad list and it’s expected that a flurry of calls and activity will continue on Friday in a bid to secure the services of many of the players who refused to participate in the Spanish set up with the likes of Vilda on board.