Spanish National Team: The Best Starting XI from Outside La Liga

AJ HasanContributor IIINovember 17, 2011

Spanish National Team: The Best Starting XI from Outside La Liga

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    Most of the players on the Spanish National Team play in Spain, many from giants Barcelona and Real Madrid.

    However, a few brave souls who are willing to navigate through the differences of foreign leagues have shown that their talent is not limited to the technicality of La Liga. As Xabi Alonso stated last week, the Spanish National Team has benefited from players moving abroad to further their career.

    Here is my idea of an ideal starting XI comprised of non-La Liga Spanish players.

Goalkeeper: Pepe Reina

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    Senior National Team Appearances Currently: 23

    Although Reina has to play second fiddle to Casillas for Spain, he is the undisputed No. 1 for Liverpool. He is possibly the best goalkeeper in the Premier League.

    Despite his occasional mistake, he is a dependable keeper who never makes defenders uncomfortable guarding the goal.

Left-Back: José Enrique

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    Senior National Team Appearances Currently: 0

    The former Newcastle, now Liverpool defender is possibly the best left-back in the league due to the decline of Patrice Evra and Ashley Cole for Manchester United and Chelsea respectively.

    He is explosive in attack and has great passing accuracy from the wing, along with his solidity in defense. The 25-year-old will not let you down in tense situations.

    Vicente Del-Bosque, please bring him to Euro 2012. Your left-back problems will be solved! 

Centre-Back: César Navas

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    Senior National Team Appearances Currently: 0

    The 31-year-old from the youth ranks of Real Madrid is a central defender for Rubin Kazan in the Russian Premier League, as he transferred from Racing Santander in 2009.

    At 6'5", he is a great asset for defending set pieces despite his loss of pace due to age. Just recently, he helped Rubin Kazan to a clean sheet against Tottenham in the Europa League.

Centre-Back: Carlos Cuéllar

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    Senior National Team Appearances Currently: 0

    The 30-year-old centre/right-back plays for Aston Villa, and he has had 76 appearances since joining the club from Rangers in 2008.

    He might be most known for his Luis Suarez-esque handball and red card versus Celtic in the Scottish Premier League.

Right-Back: Àngel Rangel

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    Senior National Team Appearances Currently: 0

    With 168 appearances with Swansea City since 2007, Rangel has solidified his spot as right-back in the Welsh Premier League side. 

    In 2007, he was named in the PFA League One Team of the Year along with four other Swansea players. Just recently, the 29-year-old helped Swansea hold Liverpool to a 0-0 draw.

Holding Midfielder: Oriol Romeu

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    Senior National Team Appearances Currently: 0

    Although the 20-year-old has only made three appearances for Chelsea currently, the Barcelona wunderkind has already shown his potential to be among the elite defensive midfielders in England with many flashes of brilliance.

    He has already solidified his role in the Spanish national youth squad. He has many years to become the best.

Left Winger: Juan Mata

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    Senior National Team Appearances Currently: 14

    What can I say? Juan Mata is sublime for Chelsea; in my opinion, the former Real Madrid B and Valencia winger/midfielder is among the top three of his position in the EPL.

    Already for Chelsea, he has racked up two goals and four assists in nine appearances. For the Spanish squad, he has shown hard work and creativity in the midfield with two goals and one assist for the senior squad.

Central Attacking Midfielder: Mikel Arteta

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    Senior National Team Appearances Currently: 0

    The Everton legend with 162 appearances for the Toffees has recently transferred to Arsenal to sure up their ever-changing midfield. He has acted like the anchor for the Gunners and is essential to the initiation of almost every attack.

    I still don't understand why he has not been called up by the national team either. Because of Spain's recent disappointing results, there is much incentive to call up the Basque for his international debut. 

Right Winger: David Silva

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    Senior National Team Appearances Currently: 54

    After his move to Manchester City, the former Valencia winger has solidified his place in Spain's squad, but more recently, he has shown why he should be a starter. 

    The best midfielder in the Premier League just amazes me with his dribbling skills, vision and ability to cut through defenders like butter. He is possibly the best player in England as a whole, not to mention one of the best players in the world.

Striker: Fernando Torres

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    Senior National Team Appearances Currently: 91

    Torres is one of the veterans of the national squad and has most recently been criticized for lack of goals for both club and country.

    Although he has lost some of his initial Liverpool magic, some of his genius striking abilities have been displayed against Manchester United and Genk.

Striker: Bojan Krkić

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    Senior National Team Appearances Currently: 1

    The current Roma striker and former Barcelona No. 9 has already scored three goals in eight appearances for the Italian side.

    Although he may have left Barcelona due to personal problems with Pep Guardiola and lack of playing, it seems like the striker will eventually move back to his hometown once he establishes himself in the Serie A. 

    What do you think of my 4-1-3-2 formation? Which players which you add or delete? Please, I really want to hear your ideas.

    Anyways, thanks for reading!