Will Luis de la Fuente promote from his U21 squad for Euro 2024 qualifying

Spain have reacted swiftly to their 2022 World Cup exit with a new man in charge of the national team at the start of 2023.

La Roja bowed out of the Qatar tournament at the last 16 stage following a penalty shootout defeat to Morocco on December 6.

Luis Enrique has stepped away from his head coach role with Luis de la Fuente promoted his role from the U21’s to lead the charge for Euro 2024 qualification.

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The path to Germany puts Spain in Group A in qualifying, up against Scotland, Norway, Georgia and Cyprus, and de la Fuente faces a balancing act with his squad.

De la Fuente has established a strong reputation in Spanish football, with coaching roles through the La Roja youth ranks, from U19 to U23.

He led the U19 side to a European Championship title in 2015, and repeated the trick with the U21’s in 2019, with current internationals Marco Asensio, Rodri and Dani Olmo included in his teams.

The start of a new qualification campaign could include certain veteran stars stepping away from international duty, with captain Sergio Busquets undecided on his future, as per reports from BeSoccer.

De la Fuente is set to dip into his U21 squad, to bolster Spain in the next 12 months, as well as a greater role for young players, even more so than Enrique’s ambitious project.

Barcelona quartet Pedri, Gavi, Alejandro Balde and Ansu Fati will all be crucial for de la Fuente as he continues the conveyor belt from his old team.

Girona defender Arnau Martinez could be a long term option at right back, with Dani Carvajal and Cesar Azpilicueta entering the final stages of their international careers, at 30 and 33 respectively.

Barcelona will play a key part of de la Fuente’s plans, with Martinez joined by former La Masia teammate Nico Gonzalez, and potentially Pablo Torre.

Spain are well stocked with exciting young attacking players, but Villarreal winger Alex Baena could be eased into the senior squad, after being brought into the U21 fold by de la Fuente in 2022.

The pressure will be off for de la Fuente, with Spain expected to ease on to a spot in Germany in 18 months time, but the Riojan-born coach will come into sharp focus, if he is still in the role in 2024.

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