Predicting Spain's Starting Lineup at the 2018 World Cup

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Predicting Spain's Starting Lineup at the 2018 World Cup
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Despite losing heavily in the final of the Confederations Cup, Spain are far from defeated. With an incredible array of talent at their disposal, they will look to regroup and head into next summer's tournament with more focus and execution.

However, that loss did begin to expose some older players who might be nearing the end of their international careers. The core group that helped Spain earn three straight major championships will likely be phased out following the 2014 World Cup.

The likes of Xavi, David Villa and Andres Iniesta will finally give way to a new crop of Spaniards eager to take the reins.

But just who are these players, and how will they fit in with the young contributors already in the side?

In the next few slides, I will attempt to fast-forward to World Cup 2018 in Russia, and predict what Spain's starting lineup will be—five years from now.

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