Spain could mirror the image of their manager from his playing days.
Boss Luis Enrique proved the ultimate utility player for both Barcelona and Spain, able to thrive in almost any outfield role. His Spain side boast quality across the park and players who can cope admirably, but might just come up short on the goal front.
Here’s all you need to know about Spain…
Coach: Luis Enrique. Former Barcelona player and boss who has led Spain since 2019.
Captain: Sergio Busquets. Vital cog in Spain’s possession-based attack, the 34-year-old is the deep-lying linchpin.
Star player: Pedri. Still only 19 and already has the keys to Barcelona’s midfield kingdom, and now primed to follow suit with Spain.
One to watch: Gavi. One of Europe’s hottest properties at the tender age of 18 and already handed responsibilities with the national side too.
World ranking: 7
Best thing about them: Tiki-taka titans with maybe just enough rough edges
Worst thing about them: Light up front and potentially cumbersome in defence.
Their prospects in three words: Quarter-final elimination
Fixtures (all times GMT)
November 23 vs Costa Rica (4pm)
November 27 vs Germany (7pm)
December 1 vs Japan (7pm)
Goalkeepers: Unai Simon, Robert Sanchez, David Raya
Defenders: Dani Carvajal, Cesar Azpilicueta, Eric Garcia, Hugo Guillamon, Pau Torres, Aymeric Laporte, Jordi alba, Jose Gaya
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Rodri, Gavi, Carlos Soler, Marcos Llorente, Pedri, Koke
Forwards: Ferran Torres, Pablo Sarabia, Yeremy Pino, Alvaro Morata, Marco Asensio, Nico Williams, Ansu Fati, Dani Olmo.