Ten-debutant La Roja prepare for final friendly ahead of Euro 2020 against Lithuania

La Roja play Lithuania at Butarque this evening in remarkable circumstances. Given the 24-man squad Luis Enrique chose to contest Euro 2020 are unable to play tonight after Sergio Busquets tested positive for covid-19, U21 coach Luis de la Fuente has taken charge and named ten debutants plus Bryan Gil in the starting lineup.

Gil, contracted to Sevilla but someone who made his bones on loan at Eibar last season, is joined in the starting lineup by fellow La Liga mainstays Oscar Mingueza, of Barcelona, and Marco Cucurella, of Getafe, the latter of which will captain Spain this evening. Lithuania have suffered consecutive defeats heading into this game, losing to Estonia 1-0 before losing 3-1 to Latvia. They won’t be competing at Euro 2020.

Spain drew 0-0 with Portugal on Friday evening at the Wanda Metropolitano, and have no more warm-up games after tonight ahead of the highly-anticipated start of Euro 2020. They’ll play all three of their group games in Seville’s La Cartuja; they face Sweden next Monday, Poland next Saturday and Slovakia the Wednesday after that.

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