With England facing off tonight against former world champions and three-time European Championships winners Spain, let’s take a look at a team comprised of the best Spaniards that the Premier League has to offer.
Goalkeeper: David de Gea
One of the best goalkeepers in world football and certainly the best in the Premier League, David de Gea gets in as the best goalkeeper.
Honourable mentions: Adrian, Victor Valdes
Manchester United's David De Gea
Right-back: Hector Bellerin
Another contender for the best in the world in his position, Hector Bellerin has exhibited his express pace and outstanding recovery again this season.
Honourable mentions: Antonio Barragan, Angel Rangel
Centre-backs: Cesar Azpilicueta and Nacho Monreal
The first of two full-back-turned-centre-backs in this composite XI, Azpilicueta has thrived in Antonio Conte’s new three-man defence, ably fitting into the centre-half role.
Monreal had a spell at centre-half in the 2014/15 season during which time he tuned his defensive capabilities to a fine art. This has led to the security he now offers the Gunners at left-back.
Honourable mentions: Jordi Amat, Daniel Ayala
Left-back: Marcos Alonso
Marcos Alonso arrived from Fiorentina this summer with Conte’s new formation in mind and his adaptability as a wing-back sees him clinch the spot on the left of defence. Along with Victor Moses, he has ensured Chelsea’s wings are well defended.
Honourable mention: Marc Muniesa
Central midfielders: Santi Cazorla and Oriol Romeu
Santi Cazorla’s distribution from deep for Arsenal makes them tick and he has been conspicuous by his absence in recent times due to injury.
Honourable mentions: Ander Herrera, Pedro Obiang
Southampton's Oriol Romeu reacts
The former Barcelona man has been in stellar form for Chelsea as Conte made the switch to three up top. His tenacity and pace was best exhibited by his early goal in his side’s 4-0 thumping of Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United.
Honourable mentions: Adama Traore, Gerard Deulofeu
Attacking midfield: Juan Mata
Having proven Mourinho wrong at Manchester United, Mata is now earning back all the credibility he lost when sold by the Portuguese at Chelsea.
Honourable mentions: Bojan Krkic, Cesc Fabregas
Left-midfield: David Silva
Often utilised out on the left for City when the middle of the park gets crowded, there are few better midfielders in the league than David Silva. A supreme footballer and an experienced head to have in any team.
Honourable mention: Nolito
Manchester City's David Silva
Striker: Diego Costa
The league’s current top scorer and one of the most ferocious players ever to grace the division, Costa is up there with Sergio Aguero as one of the Premier League’s world-class centre-forwards.
Honourable mention: Alvaro Negredo
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