The Spanish national team is certainly one of the, if not the strongest, national team in the world - and the main reason for their success is the vast talent pool from which their manager Vicente Del Bosque has to choose from.
Evidence of that was clearly on show after the squad selection from the Spanish boss this week - in which a litany of talented stars were told to stay at home.
The likes of Fernando Torres, Fernando Llorente, Inigo Martinez, Nacho Monreal, Alvaro Arbeloa, David Villa and Diego Lopez were all left out of the side - and trust me, that list could definitely go on, and on.
But for one team three absentees certainly act as an embarrassment - Manchester United.
United goalkeeper David De Gea and attacking midfielder Juan Mata were both told to stay at home by Del Bosque - leaving the World Cup dreams of the latter in the balance, and the former now seemingly extinguished.
De Gea, to be fair, has an extraordinary amount of talent in his way - with Iker Casillas, Victor Valdes and Pepe Reina all in favour.
For Mata, he is usually a regular in the Spanish squad, but his recent move to United has not yet paid dividends - and his early season inaction at Chelsea has not helped his chances.
Then there is the player United wanted.
They tried in vain to snap up the Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera in the summer - but could not agree a deal to conclude such a deal.
And despite Bilbao’s excellent campaign - there is still no place for Herrera in the Spain squad.
The most incredible fact is the valuation of these players.
De Gea cost £17.8 million from Atletico Madrid, Juan Mata cost £37.1 million - and the club were willing to pay up to £29.7 million for Herrera.
A combined cost of £84.6 million told to stay at home.
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